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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Suffolk, VA
757-771-8333
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Suffolk
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: A swampy region where visitors can go birding and view wildlife up close.
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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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161 reviews 161 reviews
67 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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363 reviews 363 reviews
217 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 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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10 reviews 10 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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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a little know National Treasure. If you have a small boat this is even more enjoyable. The location is just South of Norfolk, VA accessible from several different points and highways. We came in from the North East side and found lots of parking. We did not do any boating this visit because of the cool weather but... More

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Philadelphia
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116 reviews 116 reviews
34 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

We didn't do any hiking, just the wildlife drive. It is about six miles and a beautiful drive. We didn't see much on the ride through, except one heron. Our December visit was still very enjoyable and the view at the lake is wonderful.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Thanks to the arrow-straight and nearly level walking paths originally surveyed by George Washington this is a historic stroll with nature and history. However late July is probably not the best choice of season to visit since mosquitoes are rampant. Plan on feeling isolated and at one with nature. The Visitor Center provides helpful information and updates on current sightings;... More

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