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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 17 things to do in Suffolk Features Animals
Suffolk, VA
+1 757-771-8333
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Nature at its best

Great Dismal Swamp is such a beautiful place to spend kayaking and exploring nature!We were able to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie F
Suffolk, Virginia
Rainy day visit

Great views. Rangers were fun and knowledgeable. We will be back to ride rental bikes when it isn't... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2017
Siler City, North Carolina
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A swampy region where visitors can go birding and view wildlife up close.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good22%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Dismal Swamp is such a beautiful place to spend kayaking and exploring nature!We were able to see lots of wildlife during our outing!

Thank Julie F
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Great views. Rangers were fun and knowledgeable. We will be back to ride rental bikes when it isn't raining

Thank lreynolds000
Reviewed 10 December 2016

We visited the Dismal Swamp on both the VA and NC sides. Visiting the VA side, we drove out to Lake Drummond. It was truly dismal. There are several other entrances, I wish we'd tried another area to explore.

4  Thank MenaDance
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Visited the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on election day 2016 (somehow seemed appropriate), a beautiful fall day. It is a bit out of the way and being a wildlife refuge, mostly undeveloped. But a pleasant drive to Lake Drummond, stopping for a couple...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 15 August 2016

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...More

3  Thank kbpneacl
Reviewed 7 August 2016 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.

Thank Supermom23
Reviewed 2 August 2016

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...More

1  Thank Vicki802
Reviewed 30 July 2016 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...More

3  Thank sapoypato
Reviewed 20 July 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...More

1  Thank Alison M
Reviewed 12 June 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,...More

2  Thank MommyJ
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