I love to walk and as a volunteer at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and a Jack Russell owner, I get plenty of opportunities. One of our favorite walks is the Cane Pole Trail.

Round trip from the door of our trailer in Volunteer Village to the end of Cane Pole is 6000 steps, but as a visitor the trip would be much shorter. The trail length is 1/4 of a mile or 500 steps and is dog friendly.

The trail is located on the west side of the visitor’s parking lot and starts a little  past the boat ramp and canoes.

On colder days you might see river otters splashing in the Suwannee Canal and on warmer days an alligator or two, kayakers and canoes.  I am not a bird watcher, but I have spotted a pileated woodpecker, green heron, immature blue heron and sandhill cranes.

The short walk includes a number of platforms for fishing or for sitting so a person can enjoy the sounds and sights at the swamp.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge downloadable Map including hiking trails.