Welcome to Pastimes Cabins, RV Park & Campground the Closest and ” An Oasis Near the Great Okefenokee Swamp”

 

Drone picture of the entrance to Pastimes

Pastimes Cabins, RV Park & Campground

28244 Hwy 121 Folkston, GA 31537                        1-912-496-4472

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As of 1-1-2019, We are NO Longer a Good Sam Participating Park, any one with previous Reservations will Still receive the 10% Good Sam Discount and Our Matching 10% on their stay. We are not an advertising Passport America Park from Jan 1 to May 31, but if you are PA member you will get 35% off your stay for 5 nights, 6th night full price and 7th night free. We still offer our Over 62, Military/Boy Scout/1st Responder and school group discount, Escapees and stay 6 nights get the 7th free. 

As you can see we have a discount for just about everyone.

Cancellation Policy;

NO SHOWS ARE CHARGED ENTIRE RESERVATION AMOUNT

NO REFUNDS MADE FOR EARLY DEPARTURES

Okefenokee Pastimes Cabins, RV Park & Campground Cancellation Policy

A cancellation fee of $20.00 will be charged on all Reservation Cancellations. In addition, if cancellation is within 30 days up to 72 hours of arrival the Full Deposit will also be forfeited.  Reservations canceled within 72 hours of arrival will be charged for all of the nights reserved.

We have 5 – cabins, 3 with bathrooms and kitchenettes, all have electricity, AC, screened porches, furnished, picnic table, built in fire pits, trees and views.

Basic Cabin #2 here @ Pastimes Cabins, RV Park & Campground in Folkston, GA your base camp @ the Main Entrance to the Okefenokee

Cabin Blue Bird @ Pastimes Cabins, RV Park & Campground in Folkston, GA your base camp @ the Main Entrance to the Okefenokee

Premier Cabin Cardinal @ Pastimes Cabins, RV Park & Campground in Folkston, GA your base camp @ the Main Entrance to the Okefenokee

 

18 – Pull through RV spots all with Electric, Water, Sewer, 1- with electric and water perfect for conversion vans and 1- pull through combination small rv tent site with water, 15/30 amp electric and sewer. All have Picnic tables, Built in Fire pits, all are level and treed with plenty of room. Daily, weekly and monthly rentals available, call office for monthly rates.

Main Row with future Laundromat (2019)& ADA Bathhouse (late 2019) blue building.

4 – Private tent sites that are set up to give you the feeling you are in the wilderness by using natural vegetation to screen the tent area from the rest of the park while providing easy access to the central dish-washing station a short walk to the bath/shower house and parking at each site.

Entrance to Turkey Oak, one of our many Natural tent sites here in Folkston, Georgia

Actual site of Turkey Oak, with the Natural Vegetation to create the feeling of being in the wilderness here @ Pastimes Cabins, RV Park & Campground in Folkston, GA your basecamp @ the Main Entrance to the Okefenokee

1 – Drive up tent site is a favorite with motorcyclist, bicyclists and car campers, all tent sites have picnic table’s and built in fire pit’s.

1 – Group camping site that can accommodate up to 45 people with picnic tables and a central built in fire pit. All cabins and sites receive complimentary Wi-Fi.

Game/Play Area

We have a large game/play area it is in a nice shaded area and has a multi use swing set-slide-outpost-climbing tunnel,  with rubber mulch in case of slips and falls for the kids. 2 – regulation horseshoe lanes, badminton, bean bag toss, ring toss a picnic table in a shaded area with a giant connect 4 game..

Playset @ Pastimes

Game area @ Pastimes Cabins, RV Park & Campground in Folkston, GA your basecamp @ the Main Entrance to the Okefenokee

Twin regulation Horseshoe Lanes

Game area @ Pastimes

Day Use Dog Kennel

We have a day use air conditioned dog kennel for those who are staying with us and can’t bring their fury friend into the Okefenokee with them (use is subject to fee), the Kennel is also open to visitors going to the Okefenokee and plan on going on the water or the boardwalk. Reservations can be made on our online booking engine under sites, for now there are only 2 runs available, we will add more depending on use/need.

 

Our 2 run dog Kennel for guests and those travelling to the Okefenokee, leave your pet here @ Pastimes for the day.

Nice shady setting for the dog kennel @ Pastimes

 

Run 1 inside @ Pastimes in Folkston, GA

Run #2 here @ Pastimes in Folkston, GA

For comfort in the summer months, AC in the dog kennel her @ Pastimes in Folkston, GA

We have a large Dog exercise area with a table and umbrella for shade so you can sit while your fury friend gets his exercise and a dog waste station to make it convenient to clean up after him/her.

Dog exercise area @ Pastimes

Entrance to dog exercise area @ Pastimes

New Laundromat with modern equipment, to do your laundry while you stay here.

Do your laundry here @ Okefenokee Pastimes

New laundry facility here @ Pastimes

Pastimes Stargazing, Stays and Astrophotography

The Summer viewing of DSO and Planetary is here, and the sights are fantastic, here are a few new photos so you can see what a trip and stay here will bring you. We will in the very near future be opening up the facilities to those who want to just come set-up, view and leave once the new entrances are completed. As for now we do not allow it for the comfort of our guests who are staying as the stargazing areas can only be accessed through the campground.

M8 the Lagoon Nebula taken here @ Okefenokee Pastimes here in Folkston (southern Georgia) @ our starfield on 7/31/19.

M16 the Eagle Nebula taken here @ Okefenokee Pastimes in Folkston, GA

M17 Omega Nebula taken here @ Okefenokee Pastimes in Folkston Georgia, South Georgia stargazing at its best.

M20 Trifid Nebula @ Okefenokee Pastimes

M27 the Dumbell Nebula taken here @ Okefenokee Pastimes from our dedicated stargazing area

 

Pre eclipse from the Starfield here @ Pastimes in Southern< GA

A few shots from 4/2/19

M51 @ Okefenokee Pastimes in Southern, GA

The Eskimo from Southern GA @ Pastimes

Orion @ Pastimes

 

Pastimes is providing weekly Stargazing on Saturday nights for our Guests as well as the Public. Our facilities are also available for Star Parties and Outreach events (call the Office to schedule your event now). As many may know we are located in one of the darkest sky areas in the Southeast ( little unnatural light pollution), we have decided that we would love to share one of the age old hobbies and offer an introduction to star gazing on Saturday night’s. With the dark skies in this beautiful part of GA it makes it possible, for all to gaze towards the stars and dream like so many other countless generations before have done. Admission for the approx 1-1/2hr is $5 per person to help offset the many thousands of dollars we have invested in the equipment and star facilities, each attendee will be emailed pictures taken at the end of the star gazing session for a permanent memory of what you saw that night courtesy of Pastimes Astrophotography (this is included in your admission charge, at no extra fee). For groups or those with their own equipment please call or email the office for your quote and availability. We are working towards our own dark sky certification and will announce it when it happens. We will be accommodating those who are new to the hobby as well as amateur and professional star gazers, if you are interested in basic Astrophotography please bring your own equipment. We will be supplying telescopes from Orion and be using their Dobsonian Sky Quest line 6″, 8″, 10″ 12″, we use 2 self guiding scope’s for DSO and Astrophotography.

Milky Way as seen from our new Starfield here @ Pastimes in Folkston, GA

Pastimes in the largest Dark Sky and most agree the best area in the South East

1/2 Waxing moon as viewed through our 12″ Orion Dobsonian here @ Pastimes in Folkston, Georgia

Full Moon as viewed through our 10″ Orion Dobsonian on a Stargazing event here @ Pastimes Stargazing in Folkston, Georgia.

Orion as viewed from our Starfield on 1-6-19 here in Folkston, GA @ Pastimes. Pastimes Stargazing and Stays is working hard to become a premier destination for Astronomy Clubs, Schools and the Public who are interested in Stargazing from one of the Darkest areas in the Southeast United States, weather you are looking for an introduction to stargazing or Astrophotography or are a seasoned Astronomer with your own equipment, you will be pleased with what we have to offer, make your reservations now and start seeing what you have been missing.

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The new Starfield is open and available we will be doing our weekly and special stargazing events from it (weather permitting). It is a secluded area of no un-natural light caused by the buildings and rv’s and the coming and going vehicles a truly naturally dark area. It is open to Astronomy clubs and outreach programs. Tent sites at the field have been installed, you can leave your equipment set up with a direct view of it. A small temporary pavilion with seating for up to 16 and a fire pit for those cold GA Nights to warm up has been installed. We have purchased zero gravity chairs for relaxation and celestial viewing while waiting for a turn at the scope or while we are changing viewing objects. The next phase of adding RV sites on the North end is underway as well as the new observatory plans are in the final stages,  a larger permanent pavilion with a bathhouse, built in fire place and perhaps cooking facilities is being planned. We here at Pastimes are dedicated to making your stargazing and stay a memorable one, we do everything we can to meet or exceed your expectations however with that said we have not been able to control the weather yet and as frustrating as it is sometimes stargazing just can not happen.

Milky Way from the new starfield @ Pastimes

We have a pond on site with fish and fish feeding stations, a peninsula with State Park spec charcoal grills, a covered pergola and picnic tables for use as a day picnic area. At night it can be used as a star gazing area for those who want a more private viewing area, there is no unnatural light interference and this area in South Georgia is rated as one of the best star gazing areas in the Country.

Pergola @ Pastimes peninsula on the pond

Great picnic area @ Pastimes

 

We have a campers store stocked with anything you may need or forgot for your trip, cold drinks, ice cream and frozen meals, essentials, etc. We have a meeting/game/entertainment room set up with tables, chairs, TV, VCR/DVD player, electric fireplace, games and a book nook/movie nook where you can pick  movie from over 500 dvd’s/vcr tapes or exchange a book or just pick one to read. We also have built in horseshoe pits, badminton, bean bag toss, giant connect 4, croquet and ring toss. We have over 4,000 ft of hiking nature trails on the property and over 12 miles of public hiking trails right across the road.  There is always something to do here from relaxing, to socializing, to taking a tour at the Swamp or canoeing on the St Mary’s River. We have canoe’s and Kayak’s for rent for the St. Mary’s, we offer shuttle services

Please see Photo Gallery for  campground pictures and site map or go to booking page all sites have pictures there as well.

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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.