National Wildlife Refuge System

2700 Suwannee Canal Rd
Folkston, GA, 31537
Phone: 912-496-7836
E-mail: okefenokee@fws.gov

CANAL DIGGERS TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.7 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.4
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Wood Chip

Special Features

  • Follow remnants of 1891 Suwanee Canal through pine uplands and cypress wetlands
  • Look for signs of gopher tortoises, woodpeckers
  • Gently sloping up-and-down trail



CANE POLE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.35 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 3.8
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • Cross 100 ft of Suwanee Canal into wetland prairie
  • Crickets, pig frogs, sandhill cranes, red-shouldered hawks




CHESSER HOMESTEAD TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.7 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Loops around Chesser Island Homestead
  • Through woods of oak, palmetto, Spanish moss




CHESSER ISLAND BOARDWALK

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.75 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Goes to 40-ft Owls Roost Observation Tower
  • Birds-eye view of Seagrove lake and Chesser Prairie
  • No pets allowed



DEERSTAND TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.53 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.5
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Wood Chip

Special Features

  • Loop through pine uplands from Chesser Homestead to Chesser Island Boardwalk parking





HOMESTEAD TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.66 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.2
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • "Wild thing, I think I love you"

LONGLEAF PINE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 4 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 3.4
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Mowed

Special Features

  • Longest trail on refuge
    winds back and forth across entrance road
  • Listen for frogs and birds




PHERNETTON TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.3 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1.7
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Mowed

Special Features

  • Look for clusters of fox squirrel nests
  • Pine forest




RIDLEY ISLAND TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.16 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.8
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Mowed

Special Features

  • Explore remnants of past wildfires
  • Boardwalk trail - spur off Chesser Homestead Trail




UPLAND DISCOVERY TRAILL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.25 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1.9
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Wood Chip

Special Features

  • Look for woodpeckers and warblers
  • Trees with white band = roosting/nesting red cockaded woodpeckers




WILDERNESS CANOE BLUE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Trail connects Orange and Green trails, skirts edge of Chase Prairie
  • Good fishing areas
  • Moderate trail



WILDERNESS CANOE BROWN TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Campers access Mixon's Hammock with 2-mi paddle across Billy's Lake
  • 5- mi through River Narrows to Suwannee River Sill
  • Trail conditions vary with water levels
  • Easy to Mixon's Hammock, moderate to Cravens Hammock


WILDERNESS CANOE GREEN TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • 8 mi Kingfisher Landing to Bluff Lake
  • 8 mi Floyds Island to Durdin Lakes and Chase Prairies
  • 9 mi Floyds Island to Stephen C. Foster State Park
  • Easy to moderate with some difficult areas


WILDERNESS CANOE ORANGE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Canal Run Shelter is 10-mi paddle from Suwannee Canal Recreation Area (east entrance)
  • 5 mi narrow, winding trail to Billy's Island
  • Low water levels between Canal Run and Billy's Island - Difficult paddling!



WILDERNESS CANOE PINK TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Starts at Suwannee Canal, south into Chesser Prairie, Grand Prairie, Monkey Lake
  • Alligators, wading birds, water lilies, golden club
  • Moderate trail



WILDERNESS CANOE PURPLE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Connects to Orange Trail through Chase Prairie and back to Blue Trail
  • 360-degree view from Round Top Shelter in Chase Prairie
  • Moderate trail



WILDERNESS CANOE RED TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 12 Miles
  • Grade: Steep
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more

Special Features

  • Kingfisher Landing to Maul Hammock
  • 12-mile paddle through scrub, marsh, small lakes
  • Last 11 mi to Stephen C. Foster State Park through prairie, cypress forest, Billy's Lake
  • Difficult due to distance and conditions


Last updated: October 28, 2010