Historic Markers Across Georgia

Okefenokee Swamp

Marker ID: GHM 032-3
Location: Junction of US 441/Ga 89 and Ga 94 south of Fargo
County: Clinch
Coordinates: N 30° 40.518    W 082° 32.268
  30.6753    -82.5378
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM9H6Z
Okefenokee Swamp  Marker
Photo by Coinseekers


Okefenokee, "Land of Trembling earth", was named by its early inhabitants, the Seminole Indians. Acquired by the Federal Government in 1937 for a national wildlife refuge, its more than 600 square miles make it the largest preserved swampland in the country. Fed by rain, small streams, and springs, the swamp is 110 to 130 feet above sea level. The pure fresh water of the Okefenoke forms the headwaters of the St. Mary´s and Suwanee Rivers. The St. Mary´s flows into the Atlantic Ocean, and the Suwanee, immortalized by Stephen Collins Foster, flows into the Gulf of Mexico.