Okefenokee Swamp, one of the world’s most beautiful places –National Geographic 2013-06-01

National Geographic lists the Okefenokee Swamp among “The World’s most beautiful places, 100 Unforgettable Destinations,” along with the Everglades, the Amazon River, Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks, the Pyramids, and the Great Wall of China.

[Okefenokee Swamp among the 100 Most Beautiful Places, National Geographic 2013-06]
Okefenokee Swamp among the 100 Most Beautiful Places, National Geographic 2013-06

Seems like that should help the UNESCO World Heritage Site bid for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (ONWR). Many of those 100 places are already UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

ONWR Manager Michael Lusk explained the Refuge, and then held up that copy of National Geographic.

[Manager Michael Lusk explaining the Okefenokee NWR, 10:15:19, 30.7380541, -82.1397321]
Manager Michael Lusk explaining the Okefenokee NWR, 10:15:19, 30.7380541, -82.1397321

Apparently it was from June 2013, but it was reprinted a year or two ago.

[The World's Most Beautiful Places, 100 Unforgetable Destinations, National Geographic, June 2013, 10:18:55, 30.7379682, -82.1397031]
The World’s Most Beautiful Places, 100 Unforgetable Destinations, National Geographic, June 2013, 10:18:55, 30.7379682, -82.1397031

Here’s the page with the Okefenokee Swamp.

[49 Okefenokee Swamp in National Geographic, page 67, June 2013, 10:18:43, 30.7381410, -82.1397570]
49 Okefenokee Swamp in National Geographic, page 67, June 2013, 10:18:43, 30.7381410, -82.1397570

Here’s what it says in detail.

[Detail of 49 Okefenokee Swamp in National Geographic]
Detail of 49 Okefenokee Swamp in National Geographic

Page 67, site 49, Okefenokee Swamp, National Geographic, June 2013.


« okefenokee swamp

The Okefenokee Swamp is one of
North America’s oldest freshwater
ecosystems, a pristine 354,000-acre
(1,432 sq km) wilderness—accessible
via trails, boat tours, boardwalks, and
observation towers—of marsh, lakes,
islands, prairie, open wetlands, and
cypress forest.

A group of white ibises in Georgia’s
Okefenokee National Wildlife Reserve

It’s on page 67.

[pp. 66-67, National Geographic 2013-06]
pp. 66-67, National Geographic 2013-06

This is the magazine cover.

[Cover, National Geographic 2013-06]
Cover, National Geographic 2013-06

Here’s a map of all the 100 Unforgettable Destinations.

[Map, National Geographic 2013-06]
Map, National Geographic 2013-06

And here is the list of 100 Unforgettable Destinations.

01. Saguaro National Park, Southern AZ USA
02. Redwood National Park, Northern CA USA
03. Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand
04. Masai Mara National Reserve, Southwestern Kenya
05. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
06. Tuscany, Central Italy
07. Olympic National Park, Olympic Peninsula, WA USA
08. Yosemite National Park, Eastern CA USA
09. Mt McKinley, Denali National Park, AK USA
10. Jetu Island (Cheju-do), South Korea
11. Taktshang Monastery, Bhutan
12. Bryce Canyon, Southwestern UT USA
13. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
14. Alpine National Park, VI Australia
15. Glacier National Park, Northern MT USA
16. Jasper National Park, AB Canada
17. Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
18. Annapurna Sanctuary, Nepal
19. Jotunheimen National Park, Besseggen, Norway
20. Munnar, Western Ghats, India
21. Cradle Mountain National Park, TZ Australia
22. Autumn in New England, VT USA
23. Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand
24. The Highlands, Scotland
25. Bali Rain Forest, Indonesia
26. Great Barrier Reef, QD Australia
27. Guilin, Guangxi, China
28. Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI USA
29. Crater Lake, Klamath, OR USA
30. The Everglades, Southern FL USA
31. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
32. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
33. Zanzibar, Tanzania
34. Big Sur, Coustal CA USA
35. The Amazon River, South America
36. Bays of Fires, Eastern TZ Australia
37. Loch Katrine, Stirling, Scotland
38. Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
39. Great Blue Hole, Belize
40. Okavango Delta, Botswana
41. Seychelles, Africa
42. Newfoundland, Eastern Canada
43. Iguacu National Park, Parana, Brazil
44. Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway
45. Tahiti, French Polynesia (France)
46. Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
47. The Lake District, England
48. Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
49. Okefenokee Swamp, Southern GA USA
50. Cannon Beach, Coastal OR USA
51. Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany
52. Rome, Italy
53. Machu Picchu, Peru
54. Oxford, England
55. Sintra, Portugal
56. Savannah, GA USA
57. Bergen, Western Norway
58. Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
59. New York City, NY USA
60. Kyoto, Japan
61. Rostov Veliky, Russia
62. St. Petersburg, Russia
63. The Great Wall of China, China
64. London, England
65. Santorini, Greece
66. Bagan, Myanmar
67. Seville, Andalusia, Spain
68. Istanbul, Turkey
69. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
70. Amsterdam, Netherlands
71. Petra, Ma’an, Jordan
72. Washington, D.C. USA
73. Cape Town, South Africa
74. Mesa Verde, CO USA
75. Paris, France
76. Artic Circle, Sweden (Kiruna, Lapland)
77. Devils Marbles, Outback Australia
78. Badlands National Park, SD USA
79. Ice Sheets, Antarctica
80. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
81. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
82. Landmannalaugar, Iceland
83. Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, Philippines
84. Sossuviei Dunes, Namibia (Namib Naukluft National Park)
85. Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, CA USA
86. Emerald Lakes, Tongario National Park, New Zealand
87. Great Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, WY USA
88. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ USA
89. Haleakala Crater, Maui, HI USA
90. Mojave Desert, USA
91. Northwest Passage, Canada
92. The Pinnacles, Cervantes, Australia (Nambung National Park)
93. Oregon Lava Fields, OR USA
94. Simien Mountain National Park, Ethiopia
95. Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
96. Socotra, Yemen
97. Sahara Desert, Africa
98. Mineral Forest, Pamukkale, Turkey
99. K2, Karakoram Range, China/Pakistan
100. The Prairies, Midwestern USA

The Amazon is the only river on that list, but the Suwannee and St. Marys Rivers start in the Okefenokee Swamp.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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