Okefenokee Wilderness

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Okefenokee Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Okefenokee Wilderness
Map showing the location of Okefenokee Wilderness
LocationOkefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA
Nearest cityFolkston, Georgia
Coordinates30°51′3.4307″N 82°18′57.9348″W / 30.850952972°N 82.316093000°W / 30.850952972; -82.316093000Coordinates: 30°51′3.4307″N 82°18′57.9348″W / 30.850952972°N 82.316093000°W / 30.850952972; -82.316093000
Area353,981 acres (1,432.5 km2)
Established1974
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Okefenokee Wilderness

Okefenokee Wilderness is a 353,981 acre (1,432.5 km2) U.S. Wilderness Area located in southeastern Georgia in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. It was established and governed under the Wilderness Act of 1974 when 343,850 acres (1,391.5 km2) were designated as wilderness by Public Law 93-429. The wilderness area is located entirely within the state of Georgia, even though small parts of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Okefenokee Swamp both extend southward into the state of Florida.

Map of Okefenokee NWR showing the Wilderness Area

Located in the heart of the Okefenokee Swamp, this tract of land has been set aside for future generations to enjoy. No further uses such as timber harvesting, farming, or road building will be permitted. While the public is invited to engage in recreational opportunities such as fishing, hiking, canoeing, and wildlife observation, all uses are primitive and nondestructive and all access is by either foot traffic or boat. Boats having 10 hp or less are allowed and can be rented along with canoes at the two main entrance ways on either side (West or East) of the Swamp.

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