|Okefenokee Waters & Prairies
The Okefenokee has many different types of water. From open
water lakes to marsh that can trick you into thinking there is solid ground
under you - the swamp has it all. It's not all gloom, doom, and much -
though there is plenty of THAT, as well!
Cypress trees, when protected from humans, thrives in the wet ground of the
swamp. In fact, Cypress was what initially lured in the lumbermen of yester year.
The swamp even has prairies - though they aren't like the ones you might find out West! In the
swamp a prairie is an area of tall grasses - like in the west - but instead of growing out of solid ground it can grow out of water so boggy it'll suck the shoes right off your feet! If the water is deep enough some prairies can be crossed by boat.
In some areas the swamp is wide open to the sky. Many areas are thickly wooded.
These photos were taken from the look-out tower at the end of the boardwalk at the Suwanee Canal entrance south of Folkston.