The "Land of the Trembling Earth" is located just a short 30 minute drive from Kingsland. It is an ideal day trip.
The Okefenokee Swamp & National Wildlife Refuge has long captivated the imaginations of those living in and around its murky mire. Home to scaly cypress trees, gators and snakes, the Okefenokee contains more than its share of creepy-crawlies. In fact, many visitors find their visit to the bog downright unsettling — quite literally, thanks to the unstable peat floor that causes trees to shiver at the slightest disruption. In fact, the 400,000-plus-acre swamp's name is derived from the Native American term for "Land of Trembling Earth".
Another example of how Mother Nature always comes out on top? In the 1890's, the Suwanee Canal Company purchased the Okefenokee Swamp from the state in hopes of draining it and exploiting its rich natural resources. Also on their mind was converting the enormous, saucer-shaped bog into sugar, rice and cotton plantations. By 1901, all the company's best efforts had failed, and it was forced to sell the swamp to Charles Hebard, whose lumber camps ravaged the swamp's timber until 1942. Today, the Okefenokee thrives under the protection of the federal government
Natural unspoiled and virtually unmarked by man... experience the "Land of the Trembling Earth". This wilderness encompasses over 400,000 acres of canals, moss draped cypress trees and lily pads which provide sanctuaries for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife.
Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service entrance is located 11 miles southwest of Folkston where you can enjoy a guided boat tour or paddle your own canoe, experience the newly renovated interactive welcome center, rent bikes, picnic and fishing area, driving and hiking trails, a 3/4 mile boardwalk, observation tower and view the restored 1920’s swamp homestead.
Okefenokee Adventures works in partnership with the refuge to provide the guided boat trips; rent camping gear, bicycles, motorboats and canoes; operate a gift shop; collect entrance fees; and provide food service.
Things To See and Do
- Great Rates & Excellent Value
- Free HOT Breakfast buffet - view listing
Quality hotel features & amenities:
- Interior corridor - 100% Smoke Free
- Free Reliable High Speed Internet connection
Comfortable elegantly appointed WELL LIT rooms include:
- 32” LCD Flat Panel TV with HBO, 150 Expanded Digital and HD cable channels – All Free
- Easy accessible electrical outlets
- Oversized Well Lit desk with ergonomic executive chair
- Lounge chair with ottoman
- Iron / Ironing Board
- and More!
- Business Center (Computer, printer, fax and copier)
- Fitness Center
- Valet & Guest Coin Laundry
- Meeting Facilities
- Outdoor Pool
- Friendly, knowledgeable staff and service
Convenient Location on I-95 at Exit 3
- 30 minutes to Okefenokee
4159 Suwannee Canal Road
Folkston, Georgia 31537
Phone: (912) 496-3325
(Okefenokee - Official USF&WS Website)