Okefenokee Upland Pine Trail

Hiking directional sign Upland Pine Trail in Stephen C Foster State Park, Georgia. ©www.williamwisephoto.com. Please don’t steal my images. Download and use legally from Dreamstime.com.
By definition, a swamp doesn’t have much high ground not inundated with water. Therefore, there aren’t too many dry hiking trails in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Canoeing and kayaking are the primary means of enjoying this wonderful habitat. There are a couple of islands – Floyds, Billy’s and a few others – where you can stretch your legs. But be prepared for a full day within your boat.
The Stephen C Foster State Park does have a couple of trails. Though not extensive, they are nice for enjoying morning or evening birding and botany walks. On my last visit, I concentrated my morning walks along the Upland Pine Trail which skirts the edge of the pine flatwoods. I had a few surprises jump out at me (a bobcat) and listened to the morning chorus of songbirds.

But bring some waterproof boots and lots of mosquito spray!
A Bobcat bounded out of the scrub and down the Upland Pine trail on my morning hike. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. May 3, 2020. iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/44735039


  1. Hi William.
    The state park and Wildlife Refuge sound like a great place to see natural variety.
    Also, nice to see your picture of the bobcat. In all of my hiking, I’ve not seen nor heard one.
    Another example of how you offer a unique look into the beauty and variety of the Lord’s Creation.
    Look forward to more posts.
    God Bless…

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