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Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge is primarily an upland forest dominated by loblolly pine on the ridges with hardwoods found along the creek bottoms and in scattered upland coves. Clear streams and beaver ponds provide ideal wetland habitat for wood ducks and other wetland dependent species.
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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Description: The Okefenokee Swamp is one of the world's largest intact freshwater ecosystems. It has been designated a Wetland of International Importance by the United Nations under the Ramsar Convention of 1971. The swamp is compared through research to wetlands worldwide. It is world-renowned for its amphibian populations that are bio-indicators of global health. Water from the Suwannee River Sill area is used as a standard reference by scientists throughout the world.

Wildlife to Watch: Swamp habitats include open wet "prairies," cypress forests, scrub-shrub vegetation, upland islands, and open lakes. Wildlife species include wading birds, ducks, alligators and other reptiles, a variety of amphibians, bobcats, raptors, white-tailed deer, black bears, and songbirds.

Special Tips: Swamp Island Drive is an 8-mile driving, biking, or walking loop. Several hiking trails, Chesser Island Homestead, boardwalk and observation tower are located along the Drive. Numerous boat and canoe trails into the swamp offer wildlife viewing opportunities.

Other Activities: Fishing is permitted year-round on marked trails in accordance with Georgia State fishing laws. Using live minnows or trot lines is prohibited. Boat motors must be 10 horse power or less

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 396,000 acres 
Closest Town: Folkston

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Green-winged Teal - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Okefenokee NWR has 3 primary and 2 secondary entrances.
The main entrance is located 11 miles southwest of Folkston, GA off Highway 121/23.
The west entrance is located 17 miles east of Fargo, GA off Highway Spur 177.
The north entrance is located 8 miles south of Waycross, Ga off Highway 1.

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area