We drove about 4 miles into the Okefenokee Swamp to reach the marina and visitor center area. The high winds of last night's storm had ripped off the canvas roof of the boat we were slated to travel in, so we helped Jenny, our guide, remove the remnants. We were the first tour of the day. They use flat-bottom boats for this, carrying up to 8 passengers at a time (we only had 4 on our boat, and the missing canvas roof made it easier to spot things in the trees). The water gets very shallow in places, depending on the rain or lack thereof.
This tour was a great way to see and learn all about the swamp life. Jenny was very knowledgable and friendly, explaining the history of the canals and logging and early settlers. For the price of $30/person on a 90 minute tour, it was worthwhile. I took a lot of pictures!
There are locations for paddlers (canoes and kayaks) to camp overnight in the swamp on an elevated platform, something I would like to do if we get back here again.
We did a loop drive and a short hike. On the loop, we visited a "homestead" like the people who lived here used back in the day. Complete with outbuildings for several things, including a syrup-making shed, a smokehouse, pigpen and grape arbors. The house wasn't open at the time we were there, but they do offer tours twice a day.
We walked the boardwalk trail to the observation tower. It was a very scenic and safe way to walk through the swamp and see some plants and animals up close.
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