Discover the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near Homerville

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is located in the city of Homerville, Georgia. While the city has made its name as a top bed and breakfast destination, many people come to the region to explore the beautiful Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. A wide variety of hiking and biking trails are available to guests staying at a Homerville Bed and Breakfast. Below are some excellent activities that will help you discover the wildlife refuge.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
2700 Suwannee Canal Road
Folkston GA 31537
(912) 496-7836

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is one of the more popular park activities. Every month of the year brings out different plants and animals that visitors can observe and take photos of. If you are looking to see Ospreys nesting, the best month to go to the park is February. During September and the rest of the fall months, travelers will see the beginnings of fall migration. A variety of warblers will find their way into the park during these months. If you are staying at a Homerville Inn, ask for directions to these specific viewing points from any staff member at the Inn or a park ranger. If you have already planned your trip and are curious to see what animals are around during your visit, go to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge's official website for month to month updates.


If you are a hunter looking for protected and fertile grounds, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to hunt for a wide array of game. Although many people identify wildlife refuges with simply preserving certain species, part of that preservation is through the elimination of surplus animals that would otherwise offset the food chain. If you are a hunter, certified with a State of Georgia Hunting License, you will be allowed to hunt select game, depending on what the park is allowing you to hunt at that time of the year. If you do not have a proper license and appropriate gear, you will unfortunately be unable to hunt in the park.


Fishing is an extremely popular activity for travelers visiting the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. There are several unique entrances in the park that give you access to different types of fishing grounds. The East Entrance is an area of shallow water that many fisherman go to catch shallow water fish. There is also a swamp in this area that has select types of fish and other underwater animals. While it is possible to rent boats and canoes in the area, many people choose to bring their own means of transportation. If you bring a boat with a motor, it must be limited to 10 hp or less. If you go over this limit, chances are you will be asked to leave the premises and potentially banned from the wildlife refuge. Guests staying in the city of Homerville, often have no problem finding suitable transportation in the city.