Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Trails

Folkston, Georgia

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The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge provides a doorway to more than 400,000 acres of one of the oldest and best preserved freshwater wetland areas in the United States. Interpretive displays in the visitor center describe human and natural history, botanical diversity, and the unparalleled wildlife in the refuge. Winter is the best time for migratory waterfowl, including sandhill cranes, the beginning of osprey nesting, and the presence of many wading birds. Spring is prime season for wildflowers, wading-bird rookeries, and great numbers of migrating warblers. Spring is also when the swamp's abundant alligators begin sunning. In summer listen for the fascinating sounds of more than a dozen species of frogs, including green tree, pig, carpenter, and cricket frogs.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Trails Professional Review and Guide

"The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge provides a doorway to more than 400,000 acres of one of the oldest and best preserved freshwater wetland areas in the United States. Interpretive displays in the visitor center describe human and natural history, botanical diversity, and the unparalleled wildlife in the refuge.

Winter is the best time for migratory waterfowl, including sandhill cranes, the beginning of osprey nesting, and the presence of many wading birds. Spring is prime season for wildflowers, wading-bird rookeries, and great numbers of migrating warblers. Spring is also when the swamp's abundant alligators begin sunning. In summer listen for the fascinating sounds of more than a dozen species of frogs, including green tree, pig, carpenter, and cricket frogs."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Folkston
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: About 2 hours
Season: Oct–Mar
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Chesser Island and Chase Prairie

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Trails Reviews

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9/26/2009
Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 26th with free admission to FDR State Park. You'll find many ways to show your support for Georgia State Parks' mission to preserve, protect, and provide access to public Green Space. You can either take advantage of volunteer opportunities that day such as trail inspection or litter pick-up, take advantage of a great day for a fall hike. Free admission day is 9/26/09.
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10/12/2008
This trail that is located with in FDR State Park on Pine Mountain is a 7.4 mile hike that takes you through cascading waterfalls and a beautiful mountain overlook. If you are looking for a good day hike south of Atlanta look no further
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4/26/2008
Did the trail as a training hike with the 20 teammates from Atlanta chapter of Hike for Discovery, the Leukemia Society fundraising program. Had a beautiful day - warm and a bit humid but nice breeze at the higher elevations. We started at the eastern terminus across from the Counrty Store and hiked in 7 miles and back out the same way. Trail was in excellent shape. Nice views of the valley about 2.5 miles in. moderate to easy terrain most of the way as the trail crosses over the road a number of times. Would love to spend a weekend these and do the whole route as well as a few of the loops.
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11/1/2007
Very nice trail. Very easy to follow. Kind of rocky trail so bring plenty of padding for your feet.
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4/11/2004
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1/18/2003
I work for the University of West Florida's Outdoor Adventure program and we took a group of students up from Pensacola. It was a bitter cold weekend for some of the Floridians but we all surrived. The fact that there are some alternatives to the main trail really helped us with some of the hikers that we had. This was a good experience and we will be bring back more groups. Happy Hiking!
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1/19/2001
Hiked: January 19-21, 2001 weather info: Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822 Columbus, Georgia 31902 Permits must be obtained at the ranger station at the park. Total for car permits and hiking permits is around $5 per day. We were able to use the campground shower facilities at no extra charge. Reservations are required for the campsites, first come, first served. With the number of campsites and trails, making alternate plans on the fly shouldn’‘t be too much of a problem. The trail is about 23 miles total, but a number of side trails make loops possible. A shuttle is available for point-to-point hikers, for a donation. The entire trail ranges from easy to moderate. Apparently the park has regular sheriff and ranger patrols so vandalism is not a big problem for unattended cars in the park. Day1: We showed up intending to hike the entire trail, but the weather proved disagreeable so we rented a campsite at the park the first night. There is a small town nearby with some sights to see, but as it was cold and raining, we opted for pizza and headed back. Day 2: We started at the Dowdell Knob Trailhead. Parking is available there. We hiked to the end of the trail (MM 23) and then took a side trail to loop back to MM 18. There are numerous water sources along the trail, as well as a few pretty water falls. From MM 18 we backtracked to about MM16, the Brown Dog campsite. This is on top of a mount so it was quite windy. Less then 100 yards west of the approach to the campsite is a good water source. The approach itself is probably 150 yards, not too bad. There are several spots for camping and a few fire rings. The weather during the day was just above freezing, at night below freezing. The trail crisscrosses the ridgeline. When on the windy side, it was cold. The other side wasn’‘t too bad for hiking. Day 3: This was a fairly easy 2 or 3 miles back to the cars. Overall a nice hike with good facilities. The security adds to the peace of mind when leaving a car overnight at the trailhead. The trail is very well marked and maintained. Because of the numerous loops and entry points, day hikers are common. We did run into quite a few people along the trail, both overnight backpackers and day hikers. We had the campsite to ourselves. There is no convenience store at the park so stock up in one of the small towns nearby. The country store at the park is more of a restaurant, not a convenience store.
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