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OKEFENOKEE is a vast and shallow wetland in southern Georgia, just above the Florida border. A majority of the area is protected. It is the largest "blackwater" swamp in North America.

The name Okefenokee is often translated as "land of trembling earth", it is likely derived from Hitchiti "oki fanːki" which means "bubbling water".

There are four public entrances. We visited it from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge center near Folkston.

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THIS PICTURE shows a small pond just a bit south from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, near Wildlife Drive. I believe it was called 'Alligator Pond', in fact.

There are more than 12,000 alligators in Okefenookee, but high noon in the middle of summer isn't the best time to spot alligators. In fact, it is the worst. We didn't mind that much, though. See you later, alligator!

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song title reference: Bill Haley & the Comets

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