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Winter is a Great Time to Explore the Okefenokee

Jan 04, 2013 02:00AM
None of Chip and Joy Campbell’s friends and family were surprised when they chose to leave North Carolina’s vibrant and bustling Research Triangle area to move to South Georgia’s famous Okefenokee Swamp, and open Okefenokee Adventures. Chip, a Georgia native, has been exploring the Okefenokee since he was a 12-year-old Boy Scout. Chip introduced Joy to the region during their college days at North Carolina State University.

The couple honeymooned in the swamp in 1984, and have explored the Okefenokee and many other Southern wetland ecosystems extensively. Both Chip and Joy worked at Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina before coming to Charlton County to take over the sole concession inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Chip has also worked as manager with Pro Canoe and Kayak, and both Chip and Joy have guided excursions for Rock Rest Adventures in the Okefenokee, Roanoke River, and Black River swamps, many of them in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy.

This is the best time of year to explore the Okefenokee, when the weather is cool and there are no insects. Joy and Chip from Okefenokee Adventures can help you experience the swamp the same way the locals do. There are many types of guided tours available, even overnight trips. For more information visit their web site at: www.okefenokeeadventures.com