Excursions set for Okefenokee, Cumberland Island

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 28, 2014 at 9:45 am •  Published: July 28, 2014
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FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Federal agencies that oversee Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia are planning weekend paddling excursions this fall for the public to explore their wildest corners.

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have scheduled the paddling trips the weekend of Sept. 13 through 15 and day trips on Sept. 21 and 22. Visitors who sign up and pay admission fees in advance will get guided tours of each site's federally protected wilderness areas.

The outings are planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Wilderness Preservation Act, which was adopted by Congress in 1964. Lands protected by the wilderness act are left undeveloped and largely untouched by man.