Home page for Oke Swamp Stays, South GA Stargazing and Folkston, GA Camping & Stay's.
We are OPEN, for nightly, weekly and monthly stays. From May 12th to September 30th the Office is closed on Mon & Tues, so Mon & Tues arrivals can not not be booked online, you can call the office and see if an arrival can be arranged (not Guaranteed based on staff availability). If you want a monthly RV Site please call the Office (912)496-4472, we will be glad to give you a price.
If the Overnight platforms are full we are the closest and nicest accommodations to the Main Okefenokee NWR (Swamp) Entrance in Folkston, GA, you can stay here and be in the Okefenokee in just minutes.
We have kept our advanced cleaning procedures in place. 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 and offer a dedicated Astronomy area free of charge for all guests, you can bring your own equipment or just a pair of binoculars. Shortly the field will have sky shed pods with power available for rent so you can stay and leave your equipment set up.
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.
If you have a self-contained Unit 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%, Passport America June 1-September 30 - 50%. (Discounts on stays 5 nights or less, not available on Weekly or Monthly Rates).
When making a reservation actual number of vehicles, guests & pets must be noted on your reservation (All cabins are based on Double occupancy, Extra guests & pets are an additional Charge). If you need to add more vehicles, guests or pets you must call or email the office to see if the added number or pet can be accommodated on your site. Should you just show up and the number of people for the accommodation or pet can not be accommodated and we can not move you to one that can we will not be able to check you in.
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.
All RV's and Tent sites are REQUIRED to arrive before DARK as we are a Dark Park. All awning lights and docking lights must be turned off by quiet hours at the latest, earlier if not needed. (disregarding of rules can result in removal from the campground)
Groups are now only available by conditional permit. To qualify to reserve as a group you must have been a prior guest or must have 3 verifiable references from other campgrounds you have stayed at and the number in the group can not exceed 20. To book as a group you must call the office. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but due to 3 groups in the last 2 months that have been unruly, destroyed campground property/facilities and for the comfort of other guests we must do this.
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. Starting May 1st through September 30th all Cabins will require a minimum stay of 2 nights (fri-mon, arrivals are by appointment only on Mon/Tuesdays for all sites), if you need 1 night please call the office for availability.
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. In addition, if cancellation is within 30 days up to 72 hours of arrival the Full Deposit will also be forfeited. Reservations canceled within 72 hours of arrival will be charged for all of the nights reserved.
No Hanging out of laundry or putting laundry on fences, railings, tree branches or picnic tables, no clotheslines permitted in the campground. Laundry can be dried for a fee in the laundromat or done at a laundromat uptown in Folkston, Cabins have clotheslines inside the screened porch.
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 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!