Points of Interest

Historic Downtown Waycross
Stroll through Historic Downtown, view parks, fountains and many restored historical buildings. Visit a restored early 1900 Train Depot that is now the home of the Waycross Visitor Center and the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy shopping at unique boutiques for gifts, clothing, antiques and dining from barbeque to haute cuisine.

Telephone: (912) 283-7787
www.downtownwaycross.org

Okefenokee Swamp Park
Located at the northern tip of the Okefenokee National Wildlife refuge, Okefenokee Swamp Park is a significant part of America's heritage, a beautifully preserved segment of what was here when America began. The Okefenokee Swamp Park is a convenient point of entry and a magnificent show-window for "Georgia's Natural Wonder." The park's lily-decked water trails, with their miraculously reflective waters mirroring overhang beauty, lead to all points in this vast wilderness of islands, lakes, jungles, forest and prairies. You can experience the "Land of the Trembing Earth" by taking a walk along one of the wilderness walkways, taking a boat tour on an original Indian waterway or by train on the Okefenokee Railroad Touring Train. Attending an "Eye on Nature Show" is sure to be a treat for the young or the young-at-heart.

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Each year thousands of people explore the Okefenokee Swamp Park, "Georgia's Natural Wonder." The park is open year-round, seven days a week, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. For more information, please contact the park.

Telephone: (912) 283-0583
www.okeswamp.com

Obediah's Okefenok
Obediah's Okefenok is the 1800's pioneer homestead of Obediah Barber, a legend, a Swamper and also known as the King of the Swamp.

Since 1989, this homestead has been restored and turned into a park, and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can venture down the 1100-foot boardwalk, walk the nature trails, or just stroll through the many buildings and museums. Wildlife observation areas also allow viewing of over one-hundred different animals native to the Okefenokee. Obediah's is open year-round from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Telephone: (912) 287-0090





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Laura S. Walker State Park
Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Laura S. Walker State Park is the home of many creatures and plants. This is one of the few state parks named after a woman. Laura Walker was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist, who was a great lover of trees and worked for their preservation. The one-hundred, twenty acre lake offers opportunities for skiing, boating, birding (home of one of the largest heron rookeries) and fishing. Walking along the lake shore or the two miles of nature trail, visitors are sure to encounter numerious birds, plants, animals and insects.

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For reservations, use the contact information below:

GA State Parks & Historic Sites: (800) 864-7275
www.gastateparks.org

Okefenokee Heritage Center
Established in 1975, the Okefenokee Heritage Center is an art center and history museum dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the Okefenokee region and its people for future generations.

Exhibits include a 1912 Baldwin steam locamotive with a baggage car, mail car, passenger car and caboose. There are also exhibits on Native Americans of southeast Georgia, early settlers of the region, the region's African-American heritage, Sacred Harp singing and the history of newspapers in the region. The OHC also features exhibits of fine art by regional artists, which are changed monthly.

Telephone: (912) 285-4260








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Southern Forest World
Southern Forest World is a museum illustrating the history of the forestry industry in the southeastern United States. The role of forestry and wood products in colonial America, early logging in the Okefenokee Swamp, modern techniques of tree farming, the region's wildlife, wood products and the turpentine and naval stores industries are all included in the exhibits. Visitors can also meet the "Talking Tree," see Stuckie the Mummified Dog, board a small locomotive train used in logging operations, walk inside a hollow cypress tree and lots more!    Top of Page

Telephone: (912) 285-4260

The Lakes Golf Course
Awarded three stars by Golf Digest's Places to Play in 2004, and considered the "best value in Coastal Georgia." The championship eighteen-hole golf course is complete with its own fully stocked Pro Shop, clubhouse and a beautiful landscape. The wastelands, sand traps and rolling hills were all created from the dirt removed to make the three large lakes on the course. Open year-round, The Lakes offers unlimited weekday play and junior/senior discounts. Contact the office or website for Tee Times.

Telephone: (877) 591-5578 or (912) 285-6154
www.LauraWalkerGolf.com

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