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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Suffolk, VA
Phone Number: 757-771-8333
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Suffolk
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A swampy region where visitors can go birding and view wildlife up close.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A swampy region where visitors can go birding and view wildlife up close.
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Suffolk, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Great Dismal Swamp is a unique ecosystem where abundant birds, snakes, bears,butterflies,and frogs live just to name a few. Great for photographers, birders, and nature lovers. Easy walking trails as well as biking.

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Danville, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Wonderful place for a day hike! No motor vehicles allowed, only hikers and bicyclists! Soon after the peak of fall foliage in the Va. mountains, the area soon becomes awash with color! Home to Lake Drummond, one of only two natural lakes in Va., with water the color of root beer due to the high tannic acid content. Have seen... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We really enjoyed the Natural ecosystem of the reserve. Though I wish the farms and cities above these water ways would be more eco smart. Take your time and enjoy the wildlife!

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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We very much enjoyed the Great Dismal Swamp. We started by parking off of old Rt. 17 near the Feeder Ditch to the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. This is a dead end road. There was plenty of parking off the road and some trash cans. (There are no bathroom facilities.) There is a small dock to put in your boat.... More 

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Warsaw, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

If you are into the Great outdoors and want a piece of History to go along with it, Bring your camera and stay all day !..Be prepared to Walk, see nature and fall in love with this place. In the Summer months, bring your Bug Spray and plenty of cold bottled water.I loved this place and you will too!

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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108 reviews 108 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My husband and I went on a nonhumid spring day and it was late spring with cottonwoods snowing and dragonflies everywhere. The boardwalk was nice to stroll on and then we hiked a bit long the Washington Ditch. Only saw one other person!

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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82 reviews 82 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I was excited to walk through and learn about the swamp ecosystem and biodiversity and such, but this wildlife refuge didn't have much. There are a few trails and literature, but we burned through it pretty quick and then there wasn't much to do. Its still worth a visit you learn a few things, but don't plan on a full... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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170 reviews 170 reviews
69 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If you go, you have to be sure that the driving route to Lake Drummond is open (or be able to take watercraft or a really long hike) as that part of the park is stunning and unique. Good place for solitary walk, or biking along the dikes on any of the other entrances.

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Durham, North Carolina
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548 reviews 548 reviews
341 attraction reviews
361 helpful votes 361 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I love swamps and will stop at them whenever I can. If we come here again I would like to rent bikes instead of driving through it. If you go in the summer be sure to bring lots of bug spray. I've heard the mosquitoes are big enough to lift you up and carry your away. There is an entrance... More 

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Chesapeake, Va
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Ideal bike and walking road. Much of its shady with a canal all along the way. Also ideal kayaking, canoeing and small boating. Lots if wildlife including birds, snakes and bears. Take water and food.

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