The Okefenokee NWR has re-opened the Main (Suwanee Canal) Entrance. Fire operations are winding down, on Friday June 9 they will be downgrading to a level 3 operations team.
We are back in the afternoon shower/rain pattern and this has helped to put the fire out as well as green up the vegetation and take away the fuel source, we are still well below average rainfall amounts, the burn ban has been lifted in Charlton County, so we are allowing campfires again however depending upon conditions we may institute a ban again if needed.
It is a great time to come spend some time outdoors, visit the swamp, swim, fish, take a tour or paddle trip on the St. Mary’s or just relax at the campground, all can be done right here from the campground. We are also just a short drive to the Cumberland National sea shore, the wonderful non-crowded beaches of Jekyll Island, Jacksonville Zoo and beaches, etc. So book your cabin, rv or tent site and wind down from that long often over stressful week. Take advantage of our discounts, reduced cabin rates for 2 night or more stays, 50% off rv sites for up to 3 night stays with Passport America, 20% off nightly stays with Good Sam, 15% off nightly stays if you are Military, Fire, Police, EMS (active or retired) and 10% off for AARP. If you are not Passport America or Good Sam members we can sign you up when checking in and you can take advantage of the savings immediately. We look forward to seeing you here and making your stay an enjoyable one.
The Office/Store/campground are open so come visit the campground and stop by the store for anything you may have forgotten or may need. Drinks, Ice Cream, and frozen meals and everyday goods.
Our office hours are 9 AM to 6 PM Tuesday – Thursday, 9AM to 8PM Friday and Saturday, 9AM to 4Pm Sunday, 11AM to 4PM Mondays eastern time except when we close on during certain seasonal and holiday times. Business phone (912) 496-4472.
The day use picnic area has opened on the peninsula of the pond and features State Park spec. charcoal grilles for preparing your lunch/dinner, and has a fish feeding station. By night this area serves as our star gazing area as their is no light interference from park lighting. This area is free of charge to all campground campers and can be used by others for a nominal fee, please inquire at the office or by phone for availability and pricing.
The Hiking trails have been re-opened and a new connection trail has been added along with some bird watching/wildlife viewing stations, there are approx 4,000 ft of hiking paths on the property and access to miles of trails across the street from the campground.
On May 5th we became a Passport America affiliate park so we are honoring and selling Passport America Memberships, so ask how you can save up to 50% off you your nightly stay (up to 3 nights). We are also a Good Sam Park, we will be honoring the 10% savings plus giving another 10% on top of that for a 20% savings for Good Sam members. If you are not a member you can join at the link below or when checking in at the office.
We also offer 15% savings for Military, EMS, Fire, Police, both active and retired status. We give a 10% discount on rates to AARP members.
We are now offering new long term rental sites for seasonal campers, please call the office.
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Reservations for your stay can be done via the online reservation tab or under the tab at the top of the page by clicking on Pastimes Online Reservations.
or by calling the campground directly at 912-496-4472, we accept all major credit cards and cash.
We are renting Canoes and kayaks to our guests, as well as offering shuttle services to Kingfisher landing and the St. Mary’s River. We can provide a float/paddle trip on the St. Mary’s. We do require as much notice as possible (preferably when booking your stay) due to staffing.
Unguided from Traders Hill to Fish Camp (Scott’s) Landing in FL approx 6 miles or 3 hrs –
$100.00 ( includes Canoe & safety equip for 1 or 2 paddlers, Drop off & Pick up)
Guided $190.00 (includes Canoe & safety equip for 1 or 2 paddlers, Drop off & Pick up and Guide)
Shuttle to and from Kingfisher Landing $130.00 ( includes Canoe & safety equip for 1 or 2 paddlers, Drop off & Pick up)
We also have fishing/swimming/picnics available from our land on the St Mary’s river a high clearance vehicle is required to get there or we can arrange a drop off and pick up time for you.
Other St. Mary’s trips are being worked on to include overnight paddles and longer river run’s, please keep checking back they will be posted once finished under outfitting and here on the homepage.
Please call the office or ask at check in or go to outfitting tab and click on shuttles for other services.
We are directly across from the entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp, and are within a short drive from the Folkston funnel where over 60 CSX trains a day pass through on their way to and from Florida along with a great viewing platform. If you you are a motorcyclist the area has some great riding, in short there is always plenty to do here, bird watching, hiking trails, star gazing and especially resting and relaxing.
Again we look forward to meeting you and making your stay a special one, Michelle & Dale Hazzard – Owners.
Our GPS coordinates for ease of finding us are;
N 30.74078 Deg.
W 82.07084 Deg.