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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 15 Attractions in Suffolk
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A swampy region where visitors can go birding and view wildlife up close.
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Danville, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
64 helpful votes 64 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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485 reviews 485 reviews
298 attraction reviews
304 helpful votes 304 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
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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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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