Upcoming Fall Okefenokee Excursion

It’s time for a fall trip to my favorite destination: the Okefenokee Swamp! It’s been a long, busy summer so I’m happy to get away for a few days of absolute peace. I’ll be making a solo trip and hitting a few of the canoe trails that I haven’t covered yet.

Canoe trail directional sign pointing to the Canal Run Shelter for overnight camping by permit. Along the Suwannee Canal orange trail in the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia USA. March 12, 2022. ©www.williamwisephoto.com

I plan to leave early this Tuesday morning and make the drive down to Stephen C Foster State Park. I may paddle The Sill or walk the campground trails. On Wednesday morning I’ll load my canoe with my camping and photography gear and launch by 10 AM. I have a wilderness permit reserved for the Canal Run platform. I’ll be able to hit a section of the orange trail I haven’t yet explored (between Floyd’s Island and the Suwannee Canal).

After a night in the swamp, I’ll paddle back to Stephen C Foster State Park, load up and drive around the swamp to the eastern entrance at the Suwannee Canal Recreation area where I have a cabin rented at Okefenokee Pastimes for two nights. I’ll spend the next two days paddling an out-and-back down the pink trail to Monkey lake and then the green trail from Kingfisher Landing to Bluff Lake and back.

My Okefenokee canoe trail map. Areas paddled are highlighted in red. Yellow arrows point to trails I plan to paddle this October.

My current species count (see https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/www-okefenokee-photography-by-william-wise) within the refuge stands at 266. It will be difficult to increase that count too much, but I’ll certainly be able to reach over 2,000 photographed observations within the great Okefenokee on this trip. Looking forward to it!


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