Welcome to the “Land of Trembling Earth”

The Great Okefenokee Swamp is one of North America’s most unspoiled, fascinating and precious natural areas. It is the largest, intact, un-fragmented, freshwater and black water wilderness swamp in North America.

quintessential snake bird pose“Okefenokee” was the name used by the indigenous Creeks and was believed to mean, “Land of Trembling Earth”. As it turns out, that’s a popular but very loose and many believe incorrect translation. “Oka” means water in the Hitchiti Creek language and “Fenoke” means shaking in Hitchiti. So the original meaning of Okefenokee is more like “Waters Shaking” not the commonly held “Land of  Trembling Earth.”

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is an awesomely vast expanse of wilderness southern swamp covering approximately 700 square miles and located mostly in the southeast corner of Georgia, U.S.A.


The Okefenokee is crisscrossed by over 120 miles of paddle and motor boat water trails. It is a major destination for wetlands nature lovers paddlers and boaters. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge offers a good number of wonderfully easy to sometimes extremely challenging day use paddle only water trails. Also enjoy numerous excitingly fun to navigate dual use paddle or motor boat water trails all set up for the public to access without an overnight permit or fee requirement. A very controlled and limited number of overnight wilderness paddle trail fee permits for overnight camping paddlers are issued through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the administrative and managing government agency at Okefenokee NWR).

This site is sponsored by Okefenokee Pastimes Inc. a privately owned small business located right at the East Entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (the refuge headquarters entrance).

Please Note: See our news and info “Contact Page” for some important current information.

Our web site okefenokee.com was designed to be both informative and entertaining. We hope you will have some fun, maybe learn something new and enjoy yourself exploring our web site. We also hope you are planning a visit to the Okefenokee and the surrounding area. While planning a visit please consider using our business Okefenokee Pastimes, for some or all of your vacation wants and needs.

Treat yourself and try one of our many guided Eco-tours. Our Motorboat Tours are geared just for you & your group alone (a charter boat experience), using primarily a silent electric motor making the experience as quiet as paddling without the sore arms. Paddling is your thing, then investigate the very special private guided Paddling Tours that we offer. We also offer Package Tours that combine both our deluxe cabin lodging and guided experiences along with a price discount.

Give us an opportunity to provide: Lodging (our Cabins), Guided Tours (swamp / river – motor & paddle), Camping (RV & tent), Outfitting (shuttles & boat rentals) and Art & Craft (Swamp Gas Gallery / gifts / curios & our itsy bitsy store). Call or email us for reservations and more info or at least stop in to check us out while you are visiting this unique section of the Southeastern USA.

For answers to questions concerning our business, Okefenokee Pastimes Inc. but not found on the web site please email us or call between 3 pm & 6 pm Tuesday – Saturday Eastern Standard Time (Check the contact page for email and phone contact info).

October 14, 2016  ***    Dear Customers Guests and Friends of Okefenokee Pastimes, owned and operated by Jo and Steve Knight……..  As you may have figured Jo and I have been dealing with something very serious health-wise for Jo. Serious enough that we closed our business in May in order to continue Jo’s fight with cancer.

 I (Steve) am brokenhearted to tell you of the death of my beloved courageous wife of 43 years.

Please understand at this time that I cannot respond to business inquiries and I do not know for certain what the future may hold for me. I do wish you to know how much it has meant to both of us to be able to serve you in the past and the kindness, friendship and compassion you have expressed is our reward.   Thank you from us both.

 Sincerely,   Steve Knight owner Okefenokee Pastimes Inc.

Charities suggested instead of flowers or gift: The Colon Cancer Alliance and Hospice of Tifton, GA.

Okefenokee Pastimes Office is closed Mondays (our only day off) and Sundays except by prior reservation. Hours may change for Okefenokee Pastimes Special Seasonal Times – Summer – approximately June 5 to Sept. 15. Please check current info on the contact page for Email phone and different communication info during those times.

For answers to Questions about Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that are not related to Okefenokee Pastimes Inc. please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Folkston, GA.

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