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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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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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178 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say that I think this is worth the trip in the winter unless you're out to have a pleasant hike. We did see a fish crane and a deer. The headquarters was closed. They do provide some brochures though and the lake is pretty. If you just want to kill some time in peaceful surroundings, go for it.... More 

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Thank Tjshade
Louisa, Virginia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Went too late to do the trails because they close when the sun goes down but drove down to the lookout for a stunning view. Seems like there is a lot to see here!

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Thank lalauren_nicole
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

We were in Suffolk recently and decided to make the drive out to Lake Drummond. The 6 mile drive through the swamp was fun trying to spot wildlife, and we even got out and walked on one of the wooden paths to an interesting shelter about the underground railroad. Then once at the lake you can't help but marvel!

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Thank Ashley W
Brevard NC
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220 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We were in Suffolk Va and realized the Great Dismal Swamp is nearby. We had visited the canal & visitor's center on the eastern NC side several years ago and wanted to see Lake Drummond. The drive to the park headquarters through farm country was very pretty. We arrived at the headquarters around 3 pm and was told the road... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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178 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Well it is not all ugly. The lake is beautiful. The last mile or more (of 6 miles) to the lake was burned over a few years ago and the regrowth is beautiful colors of orange, red and more. But I have hiked and biked close to 50 miles of trails in the park and found them to be open... More 

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3 Thank Oranutan1
Rockville, Maryland
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329 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 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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2 Thank TomWall60
Suffolk, Virginia
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119 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

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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1 Thank JCKimmer
Stuart, Florida
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12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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3 Thank moriarty322
winston salem, nc
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58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 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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38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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