The Great Okefenokee Swamp is one of North America's most unspoiled, fascinating, and precious natural areas. It is the largest, intact, un-fragmented, freshwater, and black water wilderness swamp in North America. "Okefenokee" was the name used by the indigenous Creeks and was believed to mean, "Land of Trembling Earth". As it turns out, that's a popular but very loose and many believe incorrect translation. "Oka" means water in the Hitchiti Creek language and "Fenoke" means shaking in Hitchiti. So the original meaning of Okefenokee is more like "Waters Shaking" not the commonly held "Land of Trembling Earth."
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).
This site is sponsored by Okefenokee Pastimes Inc. a privately owned small business located right at the East Entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (the refuge headquarters entrance) Please Note: See our news and info "Contact Page" for some important current information.
Our web site okefenokee.com was designed to be both informative and entertaining. We hope you will have some fun, maybe learn something new and enjoy yourself exploring our web site. We also hope you are planning a visit to the Okefenokee and the surrounding area. While planning a visit please consider using our business Okefenokee Pastimes Cabins & Campgrounds, for some or all of your vacation wants and needs.
Give us an opportunity to provide: Lodging (our Cabins), Camping (RV & tent), Astronomy, and Stargazing experiences. Call or email us for reservations and more info or at least stop in to check us out while you are visiting this unique section of the Southeastern USA.
For answers to Questions about Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that are not related to Okefenokee Pastimes Inc. please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Folkston, GA.