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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Suffolk, VA
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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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Relaxing on Great Fall Day

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... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2016
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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Dobson, North Carolina
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 boardwalk hikes and admire the lake. Very uncrowded - saw 3 other vehicles - which... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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249 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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 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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148 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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.

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Edisto Island, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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 wary of mosquitos, but it's a swamp. You can drive thru by car or hike... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 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 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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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 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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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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, and Lake Drummond is beautiful and peaceful!

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Fredericksburg, VA
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165 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 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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