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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

#3 of 20 things to do in Suffolk Features Animals
Suffolk, VA
+1 757-771-8333
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Lake Drummond is breathtaking!

We were in Suffolk recently and decided to make the drive out to Lake Drummond. The 6 mile drive... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2015
Ashley W
via mobile
What a Beautiful Natural Resource

We were in Suffolk Va and realized the Great Dismal Swamp is nearby. We had visited the canal... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2015
Brevard NC
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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 22 September 2015 via mobile

We were in Suffolk recently and decided to make the drive out to Lake Drummond. The 6 mile drive through the swamp was fun trying to spot wildlife, and we even got out and walked on one of the wooden paths to an interesting shelter...More

2  Thank Ashley W
Reviewed 3 August 2015

We were in Suffolk Va and realized the Great Dismal Swamp is nearby. We had visited the canal & visitor's center on the eastern NC side several years ago and wanted to see Lake Drummond. The drive to the park headquarters through farm country was...More

1  Thank FrequentTraveler0308
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...More

4  Thank Oranutan1
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...More

2  Thank TomWall60
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....More

2  Thank JCKimmer
Reviewed 1 April 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...More

3  Thank moriarty322
Reviewed 8 March 2015

Fabulous birding despite the weather. Very interesting and different topography! Definitely take the drive to Lake Drummond.

2  Thank lizzitudes
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...More

2  Thank da120757
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.

5  Thank Pam C
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...More

4  Thank bendewberry
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Are you open on Memorial Day?
23 May 2015|
Response from Pam C | Reviewed this property |
I am almost certain they are.