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Florida Attraction In Jacksonville

Posted on | May 26, 2010 | 2 Comments

Looking to explore and enjoy some pure beauty of Florida?  Check out the Okefenokee Swamp located in the southern Georgia and northern Florida (near Jacksonville) area.  Since 1937, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has stood as a monumental preservation of Florida’s endangered and disappearing marshlands, rare and unusual swamp life, and a visual glimpse into the wilder part of the state of Florida.

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Many years ago 98% of the state of Florida was completely under water.  The Okefenokee Swamp used to be an approximately 950 square mile depression in the Atlantic Ocean floor.  Currently, this area is the home for over 600 species of plants, many species of venomous snakes, and other kinds of reptiles such as alligators, turtles, and lizards.   By the way, the Swamp houses other wildlife from black bear to white ibis all year long.

The Native Americans named this area “Okefenokee” which means the “Land of the Trembling Earth”.  This does not refer to actual earthquakes.  Instead this is about the large deposits of peat that do measure up to 15 feet thick and cover much of the swamp floor.   These deposits are so unstale in spots that trees and surrounding bushes tremble by the mere stomping of the surface.

Back to your Summertime Florida fun . . . Canoeing and kayaking trips as well as guided boat tours through cypress forests, historic canals and open prairies are available through both local tour operators or bring your own boat.  If boating is not for you then you can always study the animals and plant life that can be found throughout the winding trails and boardwalks that lead through many unique habitats.  Or you could climb the many observation towers and viewing platforms to get a panoramic view.  The Okefenokee Swamp is truly one of Florida’s natural attractions that should be included in your plans this Summer.

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