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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Suffolk, VA
Phone Number: 757-771-8333
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: A swampy region where visitors can go birding and view wildlife up close.

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Father/Son Morning

Plan to spend at least 2 hours. If you want to drive to Lake Drummond, pick up an "auto tour self-service permit" at Headquarters and start down Railroad Ditch Road. Along the 6... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
JCKimmer
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Suffolk, Virginia
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Rockville, Maryland
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264 reviews 264 reviews
63 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The access is by a narrow road. If you go on a weekday, there may not be a lotof congestion. I suspect that during tourist peak times it will be tough to get around. There really is not a lot ofinteresting things to see by driving. If you hike, you may be better off. In season you will have a... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Plan to spend at least 2 hours. If you want to drive to Lake Drummond, pick up an "auto tour self-service permit" at Headquarters and start down Railroad Ditch Road. Along the 6 mile drive we saw lots of turtles, birds, and a huge snake. At the lake there is a large set of binoculars mounted on the pier. We'll... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Actually very beautiful, peaceful place. Need at least a full day to explore. Hiking and driving trails, very rustic. Need to use a pass, not difficult. Check the web site for the driving trail operation days and hours. Saw tons of turtles, birds and bob cat. Great if you like that sort of thing. skip the hike and go with... More 

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winston salem, nc
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Fabulous birding despite the weather. Very interesting and different topography! Definitely take the drive to Lake Drummond.

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Middletown, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I had heard the term or name Dismal Swamp in my lifetime but never knew where it was located. On last years vacation we stopped at the Dismal Swamp and I so enjoyed it. It was a Nice place to stop and use facilities and take photos. I would go back.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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