Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on Shortlist for Best Scenic Campground

Do you love camping, but feel like you’ve seen it all? Are you in search of a truly unique outdoor experience, where over 400,000 acres of pure Georgia wetlands host up-close encounters with wildlife you’ve only seen in zoos? Pitching a tent along the swamps of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA, may well be the trip to satisfy those wild cravings – and keeping dry through the night is just a bonus.

The wildlife refuge, the only public land of its kind nominated alongside 19 other contenders on USA Today and 10Best’s shortlist for Best Scenic Campground, offers visitors the chance to explore the vast Okefenokee wilderness by canoe, at their own pace.

Paddle through the swamp at your own pace - and take in the sights | Anastasia Abramova, NWRA
Paddle through the swamp at your own pace – and take in the sights. | Anastasia Abramova, NWRA

After a day spent paddling and taking snapshots of the refuge’s ensemble of rare birds, tie your vessel to one of many private platforms found all along the swamp, and set up a tent beneath a specially-made canopy for the night. These elevated shelters keep campers safely above the tea-colored marsh, and far away from gators! Watch the sun set beyond the cypress trees in complete solitude, with only the sounds of the swamp to lull you off to sleep.

Though each canoe trail differs in difficulty and can range from calm and soothing to intense and exciting, refuge staff offer opportunities for campers of all skill levels to enjoy Georgia’s truly breathtaking natural wonders. Set up camp independently, or with expert supervision on trips lasting anywhere from between one and four nights.

Of 20 popular campsites across America on the voting block, Okefenokee currently stands at #2, just behind Arch Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. We’re asking wildlife enthusiasts to VOTE for Okefenokee, in hopes that more campers will experience the beauty and nature that can only be found on a national wildlife refuge.

Read Refuge Association staff member Mark Musaus’ account of his recent paddle trip through Okefenokee here.

For more information about camping at Okefenokee, including rules and directions, click here.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2015/06/okefenokee-nwr-on-shortlist-for-best-scenic-campground/

1 comment

  1. Jill Frayne says:

    Dear Wildlife Refuge,

    I just read this article above about the Okefenokee being on the shortlist for the best scenic campground and it described camping adventures on platforms and I am wondering if 1) the tours are guided and 2) if you need your own canoe/kayak or if they are available for rent overnight at the refuge?

    I would love some more information – this sounds amazing.

    Thank you,


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