Folkston, GA… Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge announces that during December and January the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center will be open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, except for the week after December 26th when the visitor center will be open daily. This periodic closure of facilities is due to budget considerations and lack of visitor services personnel to operate the facility. The visitor center schedule is subject to change at any time.
Throughout the winter, visitors will still be able to enjoy the refuge from ½ hour before sunrise to 5:30 p.m. each day. The Longleaf Pine, Canal Diggers, Cane Pole, Deerstand, and Homestead Trails are currently open for hiking as well as the newly rebuilt Chesser Island Boardwalk. The Swamp Island Drive is open for driving or biking and several boating and canoe trails are open as well.
The Suwannee Canal Recreation Area to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the primary entrance managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is located 11 miles southwest of Folkston, GA off Hwy 121/23. The refuge is open daily and offers a variety of opportunities for the visiting public. Call 912-496-7836 or visit the refuge website at www.fws.gov/okefenokee for hours of operation, upcoming events, and entrance fee information.
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