Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – Folkston GA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦

This place was a long hour’s drive from our campground, and the weather was cold and dreary, but we thoroughly enjoyed our day here. The highlight was a boat tour through the swamp. We don’t typically call a swamp beautiful, but the Okefenokee is beautiful. Our boat route was lined with native plants, along with cypress trees draped in Spanish moss.

We saw a lot of alligators, of course, and many turtles. And we were lucky that half our boat was filled with an Audubon Society bird watching group! They spotted owls, hawks, herons, kingfishers, warblers, woodpeckers, and other birds. When someone spied an unusual bird, up would come the cameras with their big lenses and they would snap, snap, snap, then compare their photos. They were especially excited to see something called a bittern. (Even I got a pretty good picture of that.) Their enthusiasm was contagious, and we learned much about birds of the Okefenokee Swamp.

Our tour guide was interesting and knowledgeable as well. 😉

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