From the rolling hills of the north, to the barrier islands along our southern coast, Georgia’s eco-diversity makes it a remarkable state for travel. On your next spontaneous getaway, we highly recommend traveling to the Okefenokee Swamp Park just south of Waycross, Georgia. The park formally opened to the public in 1946, after the collaboration of government officials and the local tourism bureau set forth to create the Okefenokee Swamp Association. A quarter of a million dollars led to the park becoming a hub for environmental education and culture for Georgians and visitors from around the world.

At Okefenokee, the world slows down and it’s your opportunity to take a boat tour of the wetlands, walk adventure trails, ride the swamp train, or grab some “swamper nachos” at the Snack Shack. Of course, it wouldn’t be a true swamp experience without alligator sightings, but they aren’t the only creatures that call Okefenokee home.  On any given day, visitors can witness black bears, otters, large Sandhill cranes among other swamp birds, and nearly 27 species of snakes roaming the park.

This summer, try changing it up a bit and experience some of our state’s hidden gems. The Okefenokee Swamp Park is a perfect stay-cation example of what Georgia has to offer the nature enthusiast within! To plan your visit to Okefenokee, visit


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