Pastimes Cabins, RV Park & Campground
For all those who are wondering, there was no Damage from Hurricane Michael on this side of the swamp, all services are up and running @ the Campground & The Okefenokee NWR. Our neighbors to the South West in FL & Georgia were not as luck, please keep them in your thoughts as they work towards recovery.
We are a privately owned Campground directly across from the Main Entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp (NWR), when you stay at Pastimes you can do as little or as much as you would like…it’s all up to you. We offer a variety of discounts Military, First Responder, 62+, Passport America, Escapees, Good Sam, cabins get multi night discount and every site gets the stay 6 nights 7th free. As you can see we have a discount for just about everyone. Reservations require a 50% deposit at time of booking, reservations are non refundable if cancelled within 7 days of arrival, all cancellations within 24 hours of arrival will be charged the entire reservation price (this is due to the number of people who have been taking advantage of our previous generous cancellation policy, especially in the cabins, when a site is reserved for weeks then people cancel at the last minute revenue is lost by the business, so it will no longer be allowed).
We are a dog and child friendly campground, however this must be said as we are finding many guests not abiding by the rules, bringing your pet is privilege not a right. Cabins & Tent sites only allow 1 dog, Cabin C does not allow any dogs at all, if you bring your rv you are allowed 2 dogs. Dogs must be leashed when moving around the campground (there is no other acceptable alternative period), dogs must be kept on your site, the dog kennel, exercise area (where they can be off leash as long as they Do Not pose a threat to other dogs or people in the area) or on internal roads/trails, dogs must be kept under control, you must clean up after your pet, and the dog must not be disruptive (constant barking, aggressive behavior, unmanageable, etc). All Children (under 15) must be supervised at all times and must be under control and a Parent must be Aware and Present with them AT ALL TIMES. All dogs & children must be noted on your reservation, the reservation system has a drop down box and it is just a simple click to let us know, make sure you do it. All dogs must have rabies certificates and health records (must be presented at check in) or you and your pet will not be allowed entry to the park. Anyone caught breaking these rules will only be given 1 warning, then will be asked to leave the campground. We are sorry but the few will spoil it for the many, we do not want to ban your fury friend or child but what you must realize is everyone pays to stay here and everyone deserves a peaceful non aggravating disrupted stay and not be disturbed by someone else’s pet or child.
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.
16 – 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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
Pastimes is excited to announce a new weekly event for our Guests as well as the Public. As many may know we are located in one of the darkest sky areas in the Southeast (no or 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 every Friday and Saturday night. 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. 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. We will be supplying telescopes from Orion and be using their Dobsonian Sky Quest line 6″, 8″, 10″ 12″, we have added 2 self guiding scope’s for DSO and Astrophotography, we will soon be streaming our sessions into the entertainment room live. Or if you have your own please feel free to bring it.
Here is a picture of the new Starfield, when it comes online in Dec-18 we will be moving our stargazing from the temporary location in the campground area to it. It will remove us from any of the un-natural light caused by the buildings and rv’s and the coming and going vehicles to a naturaly dark area. It will be open to Astronomy clubs and our outreach programs will be starting in Jan 19, star parties are being scheduled now for Feb and March 19. The first picture is the field under construction, we will post progression pictures as it being done. 2nd picture is the Milky Way as seen from the starfield on 10-13, even with the waxing moon the views are still great.
We have a pond on site with fish and fish feeding stations, a peninsula with State Park spec charcoal grills, a pavilion and picnic tables for use as a day picnic area and at night it doubles as our star gazing 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.
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.