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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Quiet Remote Elegance

We knew rain was coming but it arrived sooner. Amazed I did not know about this trail. Portsmouth... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
VirginiaKayak
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Interesting and a bit scary !

We visited the Dismal Swamp, it sounded intriguing, we were the only visitors at that time and so... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2018
Linda O
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The refuge currently encompasses over 112,000...more
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3100 Desert Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434-8973
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Dismal has numerous walking trails where you can see a variety of wildlife in ther natural habitat. From bears, birds and beavers this is it. Hike or bike. Small sections include the intracoastal waterways. Strching from VA to NC. Take the kids.

Date of experience: March 2018
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NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi E6885TLjohnb, Thanks for writing a review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and we hope you are able to visit us again soon. Sincerely, Great Dismal Swamp NWR staff

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful treasure tucked away in southeastern Virginia! I feel incredibly blessed to have visited this wildlife refuge. George Washington explored the Great Dismal Swamp in 1763, and the swamp would later go on to boast a significant role in the Underground Railroad. If...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi NurseProfessional007, Thanks for writing a review. You provided a lot of great information and insight for prospective visitors about what they can experience at the refuge! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to the refuge and we hope to see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We knew rain was coming but it arrived sooner. Amazed I did not know about this trail. Portsmouth Ditch has two miles of driving thru the Great Dismal Swamp from an area near Deep Creek. The water is moving quickly through the canal but it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank VirginiaKayak
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi VirginiaKayak, Thank you for the review of Great Dismal Swamp NWR! We hope you can visit again. Sincerely, Great Dismal Swamp NWR Staff

Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

This national wildlife refuge is far more great than it is dismal! It was a pleasant and beautiful surprise. Go to the Visitors Center, walk the canal and the trails, drive the roads (many are dirt/gravel but are well maintained), explore with a boat or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jon, Thanks for your thoughtful and descriptive review! I imagine it will definitely help future visitors plan their trip to the refuge. It is great to hear you enjoyed your drive along Lake Drummond and learned a little bit about our history and connection...More

Reviewed October 9, 2018

Great place to take family and friends on a local nature walk!! This place is great for bikers as well. Highly Recommended.

Date of experience: November 2017
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NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi engineerpat5290, Thank you for the review of Great Dismal Swamp NWR! We hope you can visit again. Sincerely, Great Dismal Swamp NWR Staff

Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

We visited the Dismal Swamp, it sounded intriguing, we were the only visitors at that time and so it felt very remote. We saw deer, herons, butterflies, and a snake ! The road is gravelly and potholed so take care if you drive yourself. An...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Linda O
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Linda, Thank you for your review! Come back and enjoy the trails and the wildlife anytime. Sincerely, Great Dismal Swamp NWR Staff

Reviewed August 6, 2018

This place is not for everyone. But for those who venture to the trails and waterways a beautiful adventure awaits. This is a huge shallow body of water with lots of trails around. Be careful in the lake on windy days!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank David B
NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi David, Thank you for your review! We agree the refuge is very beautiful! Come back and enjoy the trails and the wildlife anytime. Sincerely, Great Dismal Swamp NWR Staff

Reviewed July 6, 2018

Kayaked the wildlife refuge but biked the trails at False Cape State Park another day in our week of vacation. Just be advised there are no picnic tables at Wild Life Refuge where you park.

Date of experience: July 2018
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NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jamie, Thank you for your review! Come back and enjoy the trails and the wildlife anytime. Sincerely, Great Dismal Swamp NWR Staff

Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

My friend suggested the trail along the swamp which connects Virginia to North Carolina. It’s very scenic and is a paved trail perfect for bikes and strollers. There are places to rest and pokestops along the trail.

Date of experience: September 2017
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NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Lindsey, Thank you for your review! Come back and enjoy the trails and the wildlife anytime. Sincerely, Great Dismal Swamp NWR Staff

Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

The swamp is amazing and lake Drummond is a ton of fun. We paddled up a feeder ditch and camped near entrance to the lake. We went in the beginning of March and it was cold but still super peaceful and beautiful.

Date of experience: March 2018
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NE-NWRS, Public Relations Manager at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Jedediah S, Thank you for your review. We so glad you enjoyed your trip to the refuge-even in March! The refuge is beautiful at any time of the year. Come back and visit again! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Hi, mrsmcadam2016, It is safe to bring your child along the boardwalks, however, it may not be the most comfortable. The weather in July is typically in the 90's with high humidity and biting flies and mosquitoes can be... More
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