Waycross Journals

Waycross,Where the Ways Cross

A travel journal to Waycross by katyw

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Quote: Waycross boasts much to see besides the area's natural beauty. It plays host to twenty five different events yearly, ranging from golf to arts from antiques to music. With over fifty restaurants, you're sure to find a favorite.

Waycross,Where the Ways Cross

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Overview

Old Roy Photo, Waycross, Georgia
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Laura S. Walker is the only Georgia State Park named for a woman. It perches at the top of the Okefenokee Swamp near Waycross. The Okefenokee Swamp Park brings you face to face with the inhabitantants of the swamp. Okefenokee Heritage Center traces the history of the area. Southern Forest World is another unique attraction in Waycross that you won't want to miss.

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Getting around the park can be done with a bike or walking, but you would need a car to get to attractions in town. The park is very large so even there you would use a car to get from one place to another, such as to the golf cours or pool.

Laura Walker State Park

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Hotel

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Laura S. Walker is the only Georgia State Park named for a woman. It's unique in other ways, too. It perches at the top of the Okefenokee Swamp near Waycross. You can get your money's worth from this park by just camping on one of the spacious sites on Laura Walker Lake and enjoying the spectacular sunset. Besides the view, you may even spot one of the wild pigs in the park. But, for the active camper, that's just the iceing on the cake. The park and surrounding area offer many choices. The park boasts an 18 hole championship golf course. You can stalk deer or otter with your camera on the Big Creek Nature Trail, enjoy boating or fishing on the lake and swim in the pool during the summer m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2000

Laura Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross, Georgia
(912) 287-4900

Okefenokee Swamp Park

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Attraction

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The Okefenokee Swamp Park introduces you to some of the swamp 'critters' up close and personal. The animals here are featured in their own type habitats. The pens are spacious and there are only enough bars and fences for safety. One six or seven foot alligator dozes on the bank of a pond with no fences between him and you. You visit the otters from a boardwalk around their land and pond combination home. Some choose to sleep, curled nose to tail in a hollow on the bank. Others frolic in the water and beg for a handout. Of course animal food machines are available, but the inhabitants appear well fed. The racoon prefers to spend his time curled up inside hollowed out stump and even foo...Read More

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Okefenokee Swamp Park
5700 Okefenke SWMP PRK Rd
Waycross, Georgia 31503
(912) 283-0583

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There are several boat tours ranging from the Pioneer Island Tour to the deep swamp tours. The longest of the swamp tours is The Land of Trembling Earth Tour, which goes deep into the Okefenokee and lasts two hours. The Pioneer Island tour is a short trip on a Seminole Indian waterway. It makes a stop at Pioneer Island.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2000

Okefenokee Swamp Tours
5700 Us Hwy 1 8 Miles S
Waycross, Georgia 31501
(912) 283-0583

Pioneer Island

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Attraction

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Pioneer Island provides a glimpse of rural life in the 1800's. A reproduction of the Wiles Cabin offers an interesting view of the dangers faced by early Georgia settlers. Kids of all ages will enjoy the petting zoo. The historians among you will be more interested in the cultural aspect. Maxie Wiles was a Scottish immigrant who settled in the area in 1832. He and his wife along with their ten children and several cousins were not prepared when a band of Seminole and Creek Indians swooped down on their little cabin, burned it to the ground and killed Maxie, his wife, six of their children and a cousin. This raid in 1838 was the last Indian Massacre in Geo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2000

Pioneer Island
Okefenokee
Waycross, Georgia

Okefenokee Heritage Center

Attraction | "Okefenokee Heritage Center & Southern Forest World"

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Okefenokee Heritage Center traces the history of the area. It presents a very complete picture of Waycross history around the turn of the century. There is a school room and cabin interior as well as a room devoted to the area's Black history. Out back is a model T and a horse drawn white hearse. Of course, no history of Waycross is complete without a train. The train and depot transport you to the time when Waycross was a rural crossroads and timber center. Adjacent to the museum is Southern Forest World. Here you can stand inside a giant hollow cypress or climb a fire tower. The museum pays tribute to the time when many of the world's pencils were ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2000

Okefenokee Heritage Center
1460 N Augusta Avenue
Waycross, Georgia 31503
(912) 285-4260

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katyw

katyw
Blairsville, Georgia