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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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

A swampy region where visitors can go birding and view wildlife up close.

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The Great Dismal Swamp isn't dismal at all!

We did a quick drive back to Lake Drummond on our way to the beach this year... I wish we had had more time to do some of the hikes. We saw lots of turtles (and herons and snakes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2016
MommyJ
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! Probably my fault for visiting in June and also when it had rained recently - but a friend from Texas was visiting and I wanted to take her for a local hike and had heard the hike to Lake Drummond was lovely. We decided to do the 4-mile trail here and about 1 mile in after seeing two snakes... More 

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We did a quick drive back to Lake Drummond on our way to the beach this year... I wish we had had more time to do some of the hikes. We saw lots of turtles (and herons and snakes) on our drive through the swamp, and Lake Drummond is beautiful and peaceful!

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Fredericksburg, VA
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161 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

My second trip here and I am still in awe of the ecological system preserved. Absolutely beautiful place and have seen a lot of wildlife on both trips. Go take the drive thru tour at least. It is about 12 miles round trip and takes a couple of hours.

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Thank Journeytonowhere
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

It was a cloudy, misty day so we decided to take the driving tour of the Great Dismal Swamp. It was so informative and beautiful. We saw many different types of birds and turtles. This National Park is very well maintained and has many wooden planked trails you can park at and walk along to explore even more of this... More 

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Thank Nikki S
York Haven, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Great place for easy walking/hiking with a number of boardwalks through wooded swamp areas. Saw many water birds and songbirds, turtles and a black bear. There is a driving tour that takes you to a nice natural lake. There are boardwalks that are ADA compliant so most anyone can enjoy this place. Stop at the park office and get maps... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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250 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the great secrets in our national park and monument system. I was overwhelmed by the beauty. It's a photographer's paradise. Search out the walkways and pullovers that allow you to walk out to observation points. Then just relax and take it in.

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Thank Jon R
Forest, VA
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I recently visited the Great Dismal Swamp during their Birding Festival. It was our first visit to this amazing natural habitat, and we will surely be back! We saw many bird species, including warblers, red-headed woodpeckers, and bald eagles. In addition to birds, there are all sorts of flora and fauna. The Great Dismal Swamp is a... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I have to say I'm not a bird watcher, my wife is. However, the staff was very helpful, friendly and seemed to know their jobs extremely well. I had a pleasant walk and learned about the history of the swamp. It is a beautiful area.

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Thank Garnett G
Virginia
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307 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

If in the Virginia / North Carolina border area you must visit the Great Dismal Swamp that link George Washington to it as he helped found a land company for the 40,000 protected acres. He wanted to drain it! They linked the two states by connecting a waterway that is very nice to traverse. I like best to hike and... More 

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Manassas, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

I agree with other reviewers, that the place is aptly named. I could not imagine going in warmer temperatures, because I suspect that mosquitos are rampant. As it was, I was there in early April and the temperatures were perfect for walking, but still cool enough that we didn't regret leaving our bug spray at home. We visited Lake Drummond,... More 

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