Attractions in Georgia: Obediah’s Okefenok
Animals, exhibits, and more at Obediah’s Okefenok in Waycross, Georgia. Obediah’s Okefenok, opened in 1987, is located in Waycross, Georgia. The attraction is dedicated to the life of swamp legend and "King of the Okefenokee" Henry "Obediah" Barber. He was a larger than life swamp guide, whose knowledge of the swampland helped to get the area mapped and surveyed.
Today, visitors to Obediah’s Okefenok can see the impressive restoration of Barber’s cabin, which is well over one hundred years old. The cabin is even on the National Register of Historic Places.
However, visitors will also find quite a few other things to see and do while they are at the park. A few of the highlights include visiting some of the 20 structures on the park grounds, such as the blacksmith shop, moonshine still, the wagon barn and farm equipment and the Native American exhibit. The print shop museum and tobacco barn, as well as the 3/D Melton Museum, are also popular.
Visitors will also be able to walk along the nature trails and more than one thousand feet of boardwalks that wind through the Okefenokee wetland wilderness. The Nature Walk and Wildlife Refuge are both great places for hikers and photographers to visit. There is always something wonderful to see.
Obediah’s Okefenok also has quite a few animal exhibits on their grounds set amid the wilderness setting. Some of the native and exotic animals that visitors can expect to see are black bears, cougars, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, turtles, alligators, and snakes. Both children and adults will love the animal exhibits.
Don’t forget to visit the gift shop as well, where you can find some unique souvenirs by which you can remember your trip. The park makes for a wonderful family outing, and everyone is sure to come away with happy memories of their visit.
The general admission to Obediah’s Okefenok in Waycross is very reasonable, which means taking the entire family won’t cost an arm and a leg. Adults between 18 and 54 pay $4.50 each, seniors 55 and up pay $3.50 each, and children between 6 and 18 pay $3.00 each. Kids 5 and under are free.
The general admission includes access to the building exhibits, animal exhibits, boardwalks, nature walks, and the wildlife refuge. It also includes access to the picnic area, so you and the family can pack a picnic lunch and make a whole day out of the visit to Obediah’s Okefenok.
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The 1800s pioneer homestead of legendary Swamper Obediah Barber has been restored and turned into a park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.