Historic Markers Across Georgia

Okefenokee Swamp

Marker ID: GHM 148-3
Location: US 1/US 23 at US 84 junction in south edge of Waycross, GA
County: Ware
Coordinates: N 31° 12.426    W 082° 20.232
  31.2071    -82.3372
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM9RVB
Okefenokee Swamp Marker  


<-- 13 mi. --

Okefenokee Swamp, 400,000 acres of waterways, swamp prairies and floating islands is a region of many legends. Here DeSoto`s men told of trees that turned to warriors, Indians hunted and fished in its fastnesses and fled to safety on its islands from raids on South Georgia settlers. Now the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for plant and animal life. The Seminole Indians named the swamp Okefenokee or `Land of Trembling Earth` for the islands, built on networks of roots, leaves and soil, that tremble at a footstep.

GHM 148-3 Georgia Historical Commission 1954


Okefenokee Swamp