Amelia and Cumberland Islands and the Okefenokee Swamp
Alongside naturalists, discover the idyllic landscapes and unique wildlife of the Cumberland Islands and Okefenokee Swamp. Plus, visit historic towns and learn about Civil War history.
Rating (4.96)
Program No. 11603RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
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At a Glance

Encounter vivid natural and human history on two beautiful islands and the amazing Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Hike the interior maritime forest of Amelia and Cumberland islands with a naturalist, boat into the Okefenokee Swamp and end your week with an Amelia River study cruise to view rare birds, dolphins and manatees.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Two or four mile hike. Covered, motorized boat ride.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the historic streets and architecture of Amelia Island with an expert who shares the story of a visionary who stirred neighbors to move their entire town.
  • A soldier in period costume details the fascinating history of Fort Clinch, an important 1800s fortress for both Confederate and Union forces.
  • Venture deep into the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp on a two-hour boat ride and 1.5-mile boardwalk exploration to experience black water lakes, pond cypress and the American alligator.
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Kevin McCarthy
Kevin grew up in Gloucester, Mass. and settled in Fernandina Beach in 1968. He spent 41 years sailing the waters of northeast Fla. and southeast Georgia. He holds a 100 ton master’s license and developed his knowledge of the wildlife and history exploring the waters that surround Amelia Island, Cumberland Island and St. Mary's, Ga. Generations of Kevin’s family have been shrimpers, and he shares with participants his knowledge of shrimp farming and the future of the shrimp industry in the U.S.
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Patrick Leary
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