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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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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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What a pleasant surprise — it’s beautiful!

This national wildlife refuge is far more great than it is dismal! It was a pleasant and beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
jonr105
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San Luis Obispo, California
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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 4 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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
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.

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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.

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!

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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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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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