Okefenokee Swamp | Blackwater, National Geographic Magazine: Cabin On Billy’s Island

American flag framed by window in warm light with people inside a wood structure.

Campers take refuge in a cabin adorned with an American flag as they stop for the night on Billy’s Island while canoeing through the Okefenokee Swamp. There are approximately 70 islands in the Okefenokee, and local lore suggests this one was named for a Native American Seminole chief named Billy, who was murdered on the island.

Established in 1937, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge protects the waters, wilderness, and wildlife of the 402,000-acre Okefenokee Swamp.