DISCOVERING THE OKEFENOKEE SWAMP LODGE

STARTING AT
$1,700
7 Days
Intermediate
DISCOVERING THE OKEFENOKE SWAMP, LODGE

OVERVIEW

Welcome to Adventures In Florida, where your Okefenokee Swamp adventure begins.

Join us as we travel deep into the most remote areas of the Okefenokee. On this tour our group will encounter flooded cypress forests decorated with Spanish moss, kayak across open prairies covered in blooming pitcher plants, and view black bears, otters, sandhill cranes, ospreys, alligators, bald eagles, and yellow-fringed orchids.

Though pure and clean, the refuge’s waters are dark due to the tannic acid in decaying vegetation. A number of freshwater springs feed the refuge, which in turn gives birth to two well-known rivers, the Suwannee and the St. Mary’s.

 

Experience the Magic of Okefenokee Swamp

Located in the heart of Georgia, the Okefenokee Swamp is a natural wonder. Its vast cypress forests, pristine waterways, and abundant wildlife make it a paradise for nature enthusiasts

Our Lodge-Based Trips

At Okefenokee Swamp Lodge, we offer lodge-based trips that allow you to immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of this unique ecosystem. Our comfortable accommodations and expert guides ensure a memorable experience.

Book Your Adventure Today

Remember to take advantage of the opportunity to discover the Okefenokee Swamp with us. Contact our team to make a reservation or inquire about our upcoming trips. Your adventure awaits!

 

TOUR DATES

Dec 8-14, 2024

Day 1: Our private vans will meet everyone at noon outside the baggage claim at the Jacksonville International Airport. Making our way to the Swamp, our group will stop for lunch on the way to our cabins. Upon settling in to our cabins, we will have time for formal introductions, go over some dry land paddling instruction, and get out on the water for a short paddle. Dinner will be served outside.

Day 2: An exciting day as we paddle through “The Narrows”, where the headwaters of the Suwanee River originate. There is a visitor center next to our cabins as well as the nearby Suwanee River Visitor Center. You will have a few hours to explore the area on your own before dinner and we will go on a group night hike that evening.

Day 3: After another amazing breakfast we will load up our kayaks and paddle to Billy’s Island. The island is now wilderness, however, it once housed thousands of timber workers, Seminole Indians, and other civilizations dating back thousands of years. We will share a picnic lunch on the island. Afterwards we will paddle and explore Big Waters and a few of our guides favorite picturesque areas of the refuge.

Day 4: Probably our longest and most action packed day. We pack up and get an early start, traveling to the Suwanee Canal Recreation Area on the east side of Okefenokee. We will pass the “Trail Ridge” on the drive over and paddle remnants of the Suwanee Canal. We will also stop at the visitor center, an old homestead, and do a short hike to an observation tower where the view is incredible. We will stop off for a group dinner (not included in trip price) on our way back to our lodge.

Day 5: Tupelo in full bloom await us today as we make our way down the Suwannee River. Expect to only hear the sound of honey bees collecting nectar, otter splashing near the banks, and the occasional kingfisher alerting other birds of our presence. In the evening we will night hike in search of reptiles, nighttime insects, and bioluminescence.

Day 6: Depending on river levels we will paddle the St. Marys, Suwannee, or Alligator creek.

Day 7: Time permitting our group will hike some of the swamps. Plants and flowers will be blooming and we should see some of the resident sandhill cranes and great blue herons nesting as we explore around the swamp. The prairies harbor a variety of wading birds: herons, egrets, ibises, cranes and bitterns. Turtles and alligators sunning on logs or on the river banks can be observed at distances determined by the strength of your nerves or the power of your binoculars. Our private van will shuttle everyone to the Jacksonville airport by 2pm.

Our lodging will consist of cracker style cabins in the absolute heart of the Okefenokee. There are full amenities, each cabin includes air conditioning, 2 full bathrooms, 2 bedrooms with 2 queen beds in each room, kitchens, a large living area, dinning area, and a screened in porch with lots of rocking chairs. Rooms are double occupancy.

The leaders will prepare most meals, however, Lunch on the first day and one dinners out will not be covered in the trip price. Meals included in the trip fee begin with dinner on the first day and breakfast on the last day. Meals served on the trip will honor and reflect local cuisine. A typical dinner would consist of grilled fish, new potatoes, fresh salad, and something chocolate for dessert. People with special diets should contact the leader to make arrangements.

Created in 1937, Okefenokee Refuge covers more than 600 square miles and contains nearly 354,000 acres of designated Wilderness. A number of fresh water springs feed the Refuge, which in turn gives birth to two well-known rivers, the Suwannee and the St. Mary’s. Though it may appear flat, the Refuge is actually higher than most surrounding land and its waters, often thought to be stagnant, are in fact continually circulating and flowing in various channels. Though pure and clean, the Refuge’s waters are stained dark from the tannic acid in decaying vegetation. Species abundance is breathtaking: black bears, otters, sandhill cranes, ospreys, alligators, bald eagles, yellow-fringed orchids and pitcher plants all find home in the Okefenokee. The swamp contains numerous islands and lakes, along with vast areas of non-forested terrain. Prairies cover about 60,000 acres of the swamp. Once forested, these expanses of marsh were created during periods of severe drought when fires burned out vegetation and some of the top layers of peat. The remaining peat deposits, up to 15 feet thick, cover much of the swamp floor. These deposits are so unstable in spots that one can cause trees and surrounding bushes to tremble by stomping the surface. In fact, Okefenokee is a European rendition of the Indian words meaning “land of the trembling earth.” The Trip: Our trip will take us into remote areas of the Okefenokee where we will see cypress forests draped with Spanish moss. We will Kayak across open prairies and along the remains of man-made canals. We will visit Billy’s Island, one of the largest historic logging camps and permanent settlements. It is no longer inhabited, but cement foundations and iron machine parts remain, and show the extent of the logging that once existed.

$1800. double occ.
$2200. single supplement

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Orlando International Airport

1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd, Orlando,
FL 32827, United States

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