Description: Suwannee Canal Recreation Area is a federal facility located deep in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Known as the eastern access to the 396,000-acre wildlife refuge, it is the site of the visitors center. This site provides the best road access to the open water prairies of the Okefenokee. Other habitats surrounding the Area include shrub-scrub forest and cypress domes.
Viewing Information: Visitors will find motorboats and canoes for rent for limited trips along the Suwannee Canal. Slipping along in a canoe provides an advantage to viewing some wildlife forms. Overnight trips also embark from here, but are by permit only and should be arranged in advance. There are both walking trails and driving trails available that offer superb wildlife viewing opportunities. A very special feature is the boardwalk trail, a 1.5-mile round trip over the water to an outstanding observation tower. Dramatic observations such as sandhill cranes are likely on this walk. See Okefenokee NWR for potential wildlife encounters.
Directions: From Folkston, travel south on GA Hwy. 121/23 and follow the signs 8 miles to the entrance.
Management: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 912-496-7156 or 1-800-SWAMP96
Closest Town: Folkston, GA
Site Notes: tours, boardwalks, boat rental, driving trail, fishing
Additional Information: See also: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Okefenokee Swamp Park.
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