America's Most Scenic Campgrounds
Camping Shelters, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia
The Site: Camping in the middle of a swamp requires a bit more infrastructure than
sleeping on dry ground, so this 438,000-acre refuge built platforms. Sure, they’re just above the alligator-filled water, but the gators never bother anyone—really. The
partially roofed paddle-in platforms, which are more like wall-less cabins than campsites, also act
as a kind of wildlife blind, giving you an up close and personal look at the 233 species of birds
that live in or migrate through the refuge. Because the refuge limits reservations to just one
group per site, this is also one of the most private camping options in the country.
The Basics: Six shelters plus three camping sites on dry land; all sites have
composting toilets but no fresh water; no RVs; $10 per person per day plus $20 per day for a
two-man canoe; reserve up to two months in advance (recommended) at (912) 496-3331.