Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Okefenokee NWR 's Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center

Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center

The Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was built in 1967, with an auditorium addition in the early 1980s. The 5,000 square foot building is cedar-sided with open, vaulted ceilings and flagstone floors. It houses exhibits, Okefenokee Wildlife League bookstore sales area, office space for staff and volunteers, storage, and a 100 seat surround sound auditorium.

The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday in July, August, December, and January. It is open seven days a week the rest of the year.

The Refuge and contractors were recognized several times for the completed work on the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center and associated film. The Interior Exhibits were awarded second place in the National Association for Interpretation Interpretive Media Awards for Interior Exhibits.

Inside the Visitor Center, you can:

  • Listen to an animatronic storyteller recall his experiences in the Okefenokee.
  • Experience the sights and sounds of the orientation film.
  • Climb to the top of a tower to look at the animals that live in the cypress canopy.
  • Listen to a jukebox that plays natural sounds heard in the refuge.
  • Use computer interactive stations to view information and test your skills.
  • See an underwater view of the swamp.
  • See wildlife from the visitor center’s back patio.
  • Shop at our bookstore.

Adjacent to the Visitor Center are covered and uncovered picnic areas available on a first come, first served basis.

Tower in Visitor CenterLearning About OkefenokeeStoryteller Exhibit


Last updated: July 11, 2012