The Okefenokee Wilderness now contains a total of 353,981 acres and is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Georgia. In 1974 the Okefenokee Wilderness became part of the now over 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.Regulations:Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Click here for additional regulations or contact the agency.Contact Information:REFUGE RANGER2700 Suwannee Canal RoadFolkston, GA 31537Phone: 912-496-7836Fax: 912-496-7991Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgVisitor Center Hours: 9am - 5pm Open every day except Christmas
There are three major entrances to the Okefenokee NWR and one secondary entrance. Each can provide access to the refuge Wilderness area. Entrance fees are required at all entrances/access points into the refuge, and are enforced. East Entrance: The main U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service entrance is located 11 miles southwest of Folkston, Georgia, off Highway 121/23 (Suwannee Canal Road). Stop in the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center to plan your day and experience the Okefenokee through a film and interpretive displays. Walking trails, boardwalk and observation tower, boat trails, guided boat tours, motorboat and canoe/kayak rentals, a 7-mile wildlife drive, and a restored historic Swamper homestead are available. Call (912) 496-7836 for Visitor Information. West Entrance: The Stephen C. Foster State Park, located 17 miles east of Fargo, Georgia, off Highway Spur 177. Boardwalk, boat trails, fishing, guided boat tours, motorboat and canoe/kayak rentals, camping, cabins, and a museum are available. Call (912) 637-5274 for information. North Entrance: The Okefenokee Swamp Park, located eight miles south of Waycross, Georgia, off U.S. 1. Interpretive displays, boat and train tours, live animal displays and interpretive programs are available. Call (912) 283-0583 for information. Kingfisher Landing is a secondary entrance, which is located approximately 8 miles north of Folkston, Georgia, off Hwy. 1. This entrance is a non-staffed entrance, which provides a parking area and boat ramp.
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