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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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3100 Desert Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434-8973
+1 757-986-3705
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Kayaked the wildlife refuge but biked the trails at False Cape State Park another day in our week... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JamiePittman
Great place to jog

My friend suggested the trail along the swamp which connects Virginia to North Carolina. It’s very... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Lindsey R
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Suffolk, Virginia
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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 acres of this environmentally and biologically important area. Special designations for the refuge include both the Virginia and Globally Important Bird Area designations, and the National Parks Services National Natural Landmark and Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site designations. The visitor center is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset, for hiking and biking.
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3100 Desert Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434-8973
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"lake drummond"
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"bug spray"
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"visitor center"
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"pleasant walk"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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.

1  Thank Lindsey R
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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.

Thank Jedediah S
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

The Dismal Swamp Canal Paddle To The Border event began in the DSCanal at South Mills NC Visitor Center/Dismal Swamp State Park. The end point was a Chesapeake boat ramp 8 miles up the canal. There were 300-350 participants, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards. The Canal was...More

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Reviewed April 10, 2018

We drove to Drummond Lake in the late afternoon, then on the way back did the boardwalks and Underground Railroad pavilion. It was not busy at all. The birds were very active and we got great photos.

Thank Annie W
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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Thank you for your kind review, Annie. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Great Dismal Swamp NWR and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

Went on St. Patty's Day. The weather was just right for a pleasant walk along the Washington Ditch boardwalk. Quiet, serene, and peaceful. Just loved it!

Thank Deb A
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NE-NWRS, Outreach Assistant at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Thank you for the kind review, Deb. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Great Dismal Swamp NWR and we hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed September 12, 2017

I joined tour guide, Penny Lazauskas, from Nature's Caliing in kayaking the Dismal Swamp. She is a biologist and is an expert in this area. I had never kayaked before and she was extremely patient with me. She had my friend and I meet her...More

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Reviewed September 6, 2017

We go there frequently, its refreshing to be surrounded by nature while living in a zoo like Hampton Roads. No traffic, no cell phones, no crowds and all the animals are NOT friendly. Hike to the lake for a nice mid day lunch on the...More

1  Thank wphelps
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

Great Dismal Swamp is such a beautiful place to spend kayaking and exploring nature!We were able to see lots of wildlife during our outing!

Thank Julie F
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Reviewed May 12, 2017 via mobile

Great views. Rangers were fun and knowledgeable. We will be back to ride rental bikes when it isn't raining

Thank lreynolds000
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mrsmcadam2016
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Response from NE-NWRS | Property representative |
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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