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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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Kinda confusing to get into, but amazing place

The Great Dismal Swamp is clumsily divided between a National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and a State Park in North Carolina. As too often, both sides ignores each others... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Arlington, Virginia

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Arlington, Virginia
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200 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Great Dismal Swamp is clumsily divided between a National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and a State Park in North Carolina. As too often, both sides ignores each others existence so trails and facilities don't work together. This is stupid. This review is about the NWR in Virginia, which is an amazing place. We visited during a cold windy and... More 

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Bermuda
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143 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We anted to drive through. We couldn't even get out of the car to get the leaflet you're supposed to get! Enormous insects were actually attacking the car. We were lucky enough to see a turtle in the drive out. Dismal is very appropriate indeed.

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Edisto Island, South Carolina
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130 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can go experience the Great Dismal Swamp by car or boat (from Kayak to larger trawler). It is an awesome experience - absolutely gorgeous. Be sure to stop at the Visitor's Center for lots of great info. If you go in the summer be wary of mosquitos, but it's a swamp. You can drive thru by car or hike... More 

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Thank Vicki802
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33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lake is beautiful- we did the car loop- saw marshes, turtles, a snake, and herons. We got out of the car to see the pavilion for the Underground Railroad. After that, we stayed in the car. It was too buggy to spend any time on the trails. I'm not sure if it was the time of year- but the... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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100 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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162 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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York Haven, Pennsylvania
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216 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 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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262 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 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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