Home page for Oke Swamp Stays, South GA Stargazing and Folkston, GA Camping & Stay's.
We offer nightly, weekly and monthly stays. If you want a monthly RV Site please call the Office (912)496-4472, we will be glad to give you a price.
We are now in our summer Hours - Friday 10am - 7pm Mon, Tues 12pm - 6pm Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 10am - 6pm
If the Overnight platforms are full we are the closest accommodations to the Main Okefenokee NWR (Swamp) Entrance, you can stay with us and be in the Okefenokee in just a couple of minutes. We are the Nicest and Quietest park in Folkston, GA ,
We have an office with a campground store where you can find those commonly forgotten things, get snacks, drinks, candy, ice cream, ice and find some things from local craftsman as well as some beginner and advanced astronomy equipment from time to time as well as a view into one of the darkest, natural skies on the East cost and one of the top 10 in the Country.
We are a treed campground with paved/milling parking pads & roadways. We have built in fire pits at all sites with a picnic table, grass separates and surrounds all sites. There are many wildflower areas to attract pollinators and hummingbirds. We have a hummingbird area, a dock area where you can view, feed the fish, watch the hummingbirds or just sit and relax. A covered and lighted pergola with a picnic table and built in benches and a State spec charcoal grill to cook at overlooking the hummingbird area and pond as well as another open picnic table and State spec charcoal grill. We have an off leash dog exercise area with a picnic table and sunshade as well as some toys for your pet to stretch his legs and get some exercise. We have a game/play area with horseshoes, badminton/volleyball net, Giant connect 4, corn hole boards, an adventure swing set, a porch style swing in a shade tree, picnic table. We have a recreation field as well as plenty of open space. We have a onsite pay in advance laundromat with 2 washers and 2 dryers (for use during office hours and only 1 guest at a time has the key, so no one can bother your things). We have a meeting/entertainment room open 10am - 10pm with a book nook and book exchange - leave a book and take a book. There is also a dvd/vcr movie section where on those rainy days or evenings you can sign out a movie and watch it in your rv.
We are a privately owned campground with owners or staff on site 24/7. This is a great place to relax and exercise as there is plenty of space to get out and walk about and with trails both on the property and connecting with the Okefenokee, there is plenty of outside to explore. We are a dark park, all unnecessary lights are asked to be turned off during quiet hours. We offer a dedicated Astronomy area free of charge for all guests, you can bring your own equipment or just a pair of binoculars. There is a covered area with picnic table seating at the edge of the starfield to relax or eat at, a fire pit for communal fires prior to the nights stargazing (we ask that all fires and lights be off 1/2 hr after dark so astronomy activities are not interrupted. Shortly the field will have sky shed pods & rv sites with power/water/sewer available for rent (price to be determined and will be for guests staying with us) so you can stay and leave your equipment set up.
We have some walking trails on property where local critters can be seen, butterflies, dragonflies, red shouldered hawks, bard owls, squirrels, rabbits, armadillos and many species of song birds are returning with the wildflower areas taking hold.
For accommodation descriptions use the Check availability tab at the top right corner of the page. All descriptions are under each accommodation as well as pictures.
We pride ourselves in providing a quiet, laid back, enjoyable atmosphere where you can enjoy the natural aspect of camping, do as much or as little as you want. Our one wish is that all of our guests have a great, quiet, uninterrupted camping experience.
If you have a self-contained Unit or are in a cabin with a bathroom we EXPECT/REQUIRE that you use your own facilities. The Campground bathhouse is reserved for the 2 cabins without bathrooms, tent sites and those RV's that do not have their own bathrooms, by observing this rule it will provide less risk for our guests as well as cleaning staff.
We offer many discounts - Over 62 - 10%, 1st responder - 15%, Military - 15%, Escapees - Oct 1-may 31-35% - June 1-September 30- 50%. (Discounts on stays 5 nights or less, not available on Weekly or Monthly Rates). We are no longer a Passport America or Good Sam participating park.
Now for the Campground Rules; NO DRIVE THROUGHS ALLOWED; Only registered guests are allowed in the park, this is for the security, safety and privacy of our customers as well as lessening the impact to park infrastructure. All visitors must stop/report to the office (if the office is closed it is not okay to drive through the park), should you ignore this and are caught you will be asked to leave the campground and may be banned from future stays.
Remote control airplanes, cars, drones, etc are not allowed to be used in the guest accommodation areas. Should you bring one and want to use it, ask permission and you may be able to use it in the Stargazing field so long as no astronomers are there or scheduled to be there. This is for guest as well as their property and park personnel safety and noise disturbance.
For ALL RESERVATION'S there are NO CHECK-INS ALLOWED AFTER THE OFFICE CLOSES (no exceptions).If you run into issues during your travel a courtesy call to the office can go a long way towards the possibility of making an exception, but (please plan your trip accordingly to arrive during business hours) for details of cabins and sites use the check availability tab at the top, each site has a description including what is onsite and allowed as well as pictures of the unit.
CANCELLATION POLICY; NO SHOWS ARE CHARGED ENTIRE RESERVATION AMOUNT. NO REFUNDS MADE FOR EARLY DEPARTURES or WEATHER A cancellation fee of $20.00 will be charged on all Reservation Cancellations 30 days or more in advance. If cancellation is within 30 days up to 72 hours of arrival the Full Deposit will be forfeited, ( based on reason of cancellation we may allow up to 6 months to re-schedule stay and use existing deposit). Reservations canceled within 72 hours of arrival will be charged for all of the nights reserved.
Areas of the campground are being re-seeded into grass and wildflower pollinator gardens, they are easy to spot with either fresh dirt, vivid green grass and vivid green plants, they may also have either caution tape or orange reflective markers surrounding them. Do not walk, drive, play in, on or through these areas as the wildflower seed is very expensive and a lot of time has been put into preparing, seeding and watering these areas. When done they will add natural beauty to the campground and provide needed areas for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees as well as provide natural areas that don't need to be maintained (mowed) saving on fuel, time and noise.
As we continue to add and improve the Campground there will be ongoing construction. We try and keep noise to a minimum and only do equipment work between 10am and 5pm. Most work is going on on the North end of the campground however on occasion we may be out and about in the cabin or RV area during these times doing upgrades.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is an awesomely vast expanse of wilderness southern swamp covering approximately 700 square miles and located mostly in the southeast corner of Georgia, U.S.A. The Okefenokee is crisscrossed by over 120 miles of paddle and motorboat water trails. It is a major destination for wetlands nature lovers paddlers and boaters. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge offers a good number of wonderfully easy to sometimes extremely challenging day use paddle only water trails. Also, enjoy numerous excitingly fun to navigate dual-use paddle or motorboat water trails all set up for the public to access without an overnight permit or fee requirement. A very controlled and limited number of overnight wilderness paddle trail fee permits for overnight camping paddlers are issued through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the administrative and managing government agency at Okefenokee NWR).
We are located in one of the darkest sky areas in the Southeast (little unnatural light pollution). With the dark skies in this beautiful part of GA, it makes it possible, to gaze towards the stars and dream like so many other countless generations before have done.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, over 400,000 visitors a year come to this exotic region in the southeastern tip of the State of Georgia. That is probably conservative. On the fringes of this boggy landscape that are outside federal property boundaries, there are farmsteads and hamlets, where residents have hunted and fished in the swamp for many generations.
The Comfort, the Cleanliness, the Privacy, the safety, the Price, the Convenience, the Fun, and More. Stay in the countryside in your own personal independent charming little cottage in the woods, relax in the great outdoors, and enjoy the spaciousness of this rural Southeast setting. For a little more than a motel room, you will get a nicely appointed Private Cabin (no noisy neighbors in the room next to or above & below you), no recycled air from your neighbors room or the rest of the building, a nicer setting, use of all the amenities the Campground offers and you can not stay any closer to the Okefenokee NWR (swamp).Motels can be weird, generic, impersonal, and sometimes depressing, people just on the other side of the wall, bed bugs and little privacy. We suggest that you – think outside of that same ole box and try our Cabins. We think you will be very happy you did.
Winter Hours - Oct 1 to May 13 – Friday 10 am until 7 pm, Saturday 10 am until 6 pm, Sundays 10 am until 6 pm, Mondays & Tuesdays 12 pm - 6 pm ,Wednesdays – Thursdays 10 am until 6 pm E.S.T
Summer Hours - May 14 to Sep 30 Friday – Saturday 10 am until 7 pm, Sundays, Wednesday and Thursdays 10 am until 6 pm E.S.T MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS CLOSED (Call to see if an arrival can be arranged)
No, check in's will be permitted to enter the campground after OFFICE HOURS (there is no exception to this rule for any reason, for the safety and comfort of other guests, Park Staff, and park property) when making your reservation please note your arrival time if this time changes on the day of your arrival a courtesy call on your part would be a nice gesture and greatly appreciated by the Staff. Plan your trip accordingly to arrive during office hours. Drive through's are not allowed at any time for guests security, peace and privacy. If you choose to just drive through you will be stopped and asked to leave the campground, we take this rule seriously.
You are in for some very pleasant surprises. Book now!