Waycross was created in 1872 and incorporated in 1874. Waycross, the gateway to the world famous Okefenokee Swamp, received its name from its strategic position: where “ways cross”. In Colonial days, it was the hub of stage coach roads and pioneer trails. Later, the old Plant System and the Brunswick and Western Railroad lines crossed here, giving birth to our modern railroad network. Indian trails, coach roads, and military trails have been transformed into modern highways.