Before heading in, you can visit the Okefenokee Heritage Center, 2 miles west of Waycross (birthplace of actor Burt Reynolds) on U.S. 82 (tel. 912/285-4260). Here you can see a restored 1912 steam locomotive and depot, an "operating" 1890 print shop, and the restored 1840 Gen. Thomas Hilliard House, plus exhibits on local history. The center is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is $3, free for children 4 and under.

At the same site, the Southern Forest World (tel. 912/285-4056) is a museum depicting the development and history of the South's forest industry. The collection includes a logging train, tools and other artifacts, and forestry-related relics, as well as a variety of audiovisuals. Hours are the same as those of the Heritage Center. Admission is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors 55 and over, and free for children 4 and under.

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