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Suwannee Canal Recreation Area

Suwannee Canal Recreation Area Review

Extensive open areas at the core of the refuge—like Chesser, Grand, and Mizell prairies—branch off the manmade Suwanee Canal, accessed via the main entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and contain small natural lakes and gator holes. The prairies are excellent spots for sport fishing and birding, and it's possible to take guided boat tours of the area leaving from the Okefenokee Adventures concession, near the visitor center. The concession also has equipment rentals, and food is available at the Camp Cornelia Cafe. The visitor center has a film, exhibits, and a mechanized mannequin that tells stories about life in the Okefenokee (it sounds hokey but it's surprisingly informative). A boardwalk takes you over the water to a 50-foot observation tower. Hikers, bicyclists, and private motor vehicles are welcome on the Swamp Island Drive; several interpretive walking trails may be taken along the way. Picnicking is permitted.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Visitor center, 4155 Suwannee Canal Rd., Folkston, GA, 31537 | Map It
  • Phone: 912/496–7836
  • Cost: $5 per car
  • Hours: Refuge Mar.–Oct., daily ½ hr before sunrise–7:30 pm; Nov.–Feb., daily ½ hr before sunrise–5:30 pm
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  • Location: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Updated: 10-24-2012

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