Okefenokee Impassible Dense Jungle

Although a work of fiction, the description of the Okefenokee Swamp in Louis Pendleton’s novel is quite accurate!

Alligator
An American Alligator lurking in the swamp water along the Suwannee River Middle Fork; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. October 23, 2020 ©www.williamwisephoto.com

An excerpt from the 1895 adventure novel, In the Okefenokee: A Story of War Time and the Great Georgia Swamp:

“The jungle evidently covered thousands of acres, and was for the most part so dense as to be penetrable only where wild animals had made their trails. The larger forest trees were not altogether absent here; but the jungle consisted chiefly of smaller trees, shrubs, and vines. Among these was the “bamboo brier,” a vine sometimes an inch thick, armed with thorns which pierce like knives, and the tangled growth of which occasionally forms an impassable wall ten feet in height. Besides all this, the ground was wet and boggy, for the most part indeed covered with water varying from two inches to two feet deep. It was not a great while before they bitterly regretted their decision to force their way through this jungle.”


  • Pendleton, Louis. In the Okefenokee: A Story of War Time and the Great Georgia Swamp. United States, Roberts Brothers, 1895.

1 Comment

  1. Hi William.
    Thanks for the nice article.
    I liked the way it ended with this comment:
    “It was not a great while before they bitterly regretted their decision to force their way through this jungle.”
    That was a polite way of saying “what are we doing here?” 🙂

    Related to the Okefenokee, as you’ve seen on my site, I have a passion for hiking.
    I might hike some of the sections of the Florida Trail one day. A section of it goes through the Osceola National Forest. Every video I’ve watched on hiking the Florida Trail through this section, regardless of year, indicates it is always wet.
    I believe I’ve heard this should not be a surprise as the Osceloa is really the southern end of the Okefenokee.
    Your thoughts please…

    Hope you are richly blessed in 2023.
    God Bless!

    Ken

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