Welcome to Pastimes ” An Oasis Near the Swamp” A Privately Owned and Operated Campground

 

Pastimes is fully re-opened, business as usual, come on out and get some needed rest and relaxation after Irma.

We have some great days coming up in the next couple of months.

September 30 – National Public Lands Day is a free day to enjoy the Okefenokee as well as all National Public Lands.

October 14 – http://www.exploregeorgia.org/list…/8636-okefenokee-festival . Between 5,000 and 10,000 people from all over Southeast Georgia and North Florida come to watch our exciting parade, listen to our live entertainment, shop at our arts and crafts booths, check out our car show, and eat!
Circle your calendars for Oct. 14, 2017. The festival will start at 8 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. Sample all kinds of food from gator tail to kettle corn, and shop for crafts ranging from homemade doll clothes to pretty jewelry.

Other free admission days – October 8 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week; November 11-12 – Veterans Day weekend

Pioneer Day – Saturday November 18 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

As you can see there are some great events coming up, and as the closest place to stay to the NWR come and stay with us in a cabin or your tent or RV, we still have some sites available so book early so you can make sure you stay at some of the nicest, friendliest accommodations in the area. Book online through facebook, our online booking app  https://reserve6.resnexus.com/…/1099F766-F08A-4A9C-8CF4-814…      or  https://www.booking.com/…/us/okefenokee-pastimes-cabins.html           or  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34948-d1747489-Re…        or call the office 1-912-496-4472 and one of our staff will get you the reservation to relaxation that you deserve.

Pastimes is proud to offer a exciting new service. We are now offering a new option for staying and touring. If you are considering a cruise from JAX PORT, we are now offering pre and post cruise stays with transfers included, also if you just want to fly into JAX, tour the Okefenokee Swamp or St. Mary’s River, spend a quick vacation and then fly back out we will have a package for you. These will be available starting October 1, 2017. They will include pick up from JAX Airport, shuttle to the campground, overnight accommodations in one of our Deluxe or Premier cabins, shuttle to Okefenokee Swamp, a guided powerboat tour through Okefenokee Adventures, breakfast or lunch at Adventures grill, driving tour of Swamp Island drive, with wildlife viewing, a view into swamp homesteading at the Chesser Island Homestead, a walk on the boardwalk, then shuttle to Folkston for dinner and back to Pastimes for  your second night stay, (if you would like to do an early morning paddle/float on the St. Marys that can be included also) shuttle service to JAX PORT or JAX Airport . Example above would require 2 night pre or post cruise, any combination can be accommodated, lengthened or shortened to fit your needs. You could also obtain a rental car and give yourself a little more scheduling freedom. Packages will also be available to those traveling through the area minus the shuttles. Pricing and options will be posted soon as details are finished and will be able to be booked online or directly through the office, stay tuned for updates.

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.

The new meeting/activity room is open, it features a new widescreen tv with VCR/DVD combo to watch any of the movies available from the new video and book exchange nook to get out of the heat. The room is set up with internet communications access for meetings, and can be reserved for those meetings or special events, it can easily accomodate 16 people in its daily configuration or up to 30 with advance notice. It has a electric fireplace for ambiance on those nights that are too hot to sit outside by a real fire, sit in the ac and enjoy, it has many board and card games for the family. The New Video and book exchange is stocked with many vhs/dvd’s and a good selection of books that can be read while here on the property or exchange one of your pre-read for one you want to take with you. If you want to come in and bring back a video to your rv for viewing in the comfort of your own place just let the office staff know, watch and return (no charge).

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.

If you are not a member you can join at the link below or when checking in at the office.

http://www.goodsamclub.com/

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.

Visit us on Facebook here     https://www.facebook.com/Okefenokee-Pastimes-cabins-c-248353592240899

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.

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.

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