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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Suffolk, VA
Phone Number: +1 757-771-8333
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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 bubblesReviewed 5 April 2015
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Suffolk, Virginia
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Hampton, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 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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Rockville, Maryland
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384 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 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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Suffolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 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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Stuart, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 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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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 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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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 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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2 Thank da120757
Suffolk, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

The Great Dismal Swamp is a unique ecosystem where abundant birds, snakes, bears,butterflies,and frogs live just to name a few. Great for photographers, birders, and nature lovers. Easy walking trails as well as biking.

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Danville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2014

Wonderful place for a day hike! No motor vehicles allowed, only hikers and bicyclists! Soon after the peak of fall foliage in the Va. mountains, the area soon becomes awash with color! Home to Lake Drummond, one of only two natural lakes in Va., with water the color of root beer due to the high tannic acid content. Have seen... More 

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4 Thank bendewberry
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

We really enjoyed the Natural ecosystem of the reserve. Though I wish the farms and cities above these water ways would be more eco smart. Take your time and enjoy the wildlife!

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We very much enjoyed the Great Dismal Swamp. We started by parking off of old Rt. 17 near the Feeder Ditch to the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. This is a dead end road. There was plenty of parking off the road and some trash cans. (There are no bathroom facilities.) There is a small dock to put in your boat.... More 

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