The city of Waycross is the closest city to the Okefenokee Swamp, giving it the city motto of “Headwaters of the Okefenokee.” You will be amazed at the number of activities and adventures you can have exploring the murky waters of a swamp. Check out the Waycross, GA hotels below and be nearby the local attractions, including:
To get a great understanding of the ecosystem of Southeast Georgia, you need to visit the Okefenokee Swamp. This 438,000-acre swamp is bursting with wildlife and vegetation native to the area. Go for a walk along the boardwalk and trails at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to truly appreciate the size and beauty of the swamp’s habitats.
Okefenokee Swamp may not be the most sensible location for humans to swim, but the lake at Laura S. Walker State Park is a safe and fun swimming hole. You have the option to play a round of 18 at the nearby golf course, go fishing or take a walk along the trails surrounding the lake.
If you happen to be visiting the wildlife refuge and are looking for outdoor entertainment, head straight to the Okefenokee Swamp Park. This park features wildlife shows, a boat tour, alligator and otter habitats and more. Do not rush the day—there will be plenty of outdoor adventures to be enjoyed.
Discover the region’s art and history at the Okefenokee Heritage Center. Located on 20 acres and only a short drive from downtown, this museum features a 1912 Baldwin steam locomotive with a variety of rail cars, as well as displays and photos that guide you through the history of the area.
Impress your friends and family by being the first person to see the mummified dog that got stuck in a hollow tree, nicknamed “Stuckie,” at Southern Forest World. This 1976 self-guided museum also has a few more indoor exhibits, such as a “Talking” Tree, and an operating steam engine used for logging located outside the museum.
The Okefenokee Swamp may be older than Waycross but its downtown has history dating back to the late 19th century. Spend some time exploring the downtown by visiting its shops, variety of restaurants or watching a performance at the Waycross Area Community Theatre.
Whether you decide to travel through the cypress trees of the swamp or explore the city’s history, let Choice Hotels in Waycross, GA provide you with great place to call home in Southeast Georgia.
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