Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

111000 acres


Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States
Phone: (757) 986-3705
36° 44' 4.7508" N, 76° 12' 58.3128" W

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The 3100-acre Lake Drummond is located within the swamp and is Virginia's largest natural lake. Boating and fishing are popular activities and there is a boat launch in the Feeder Ditch providing access to the lake.

There are several multi-use trails available for hiking and biking. The .75-mile, family-friendly Dismal Town Boardwalk Trail traverses part of the swamp habitat. Also popular is the 4 1/2-mile Washington Ditch Trail that leads to Lake Drummond. Camping is not permitted in the refuge due to its role protecting a sensitive habitat.

Over 200 species of birds have been identified within the Refuge. Birding is a popular activity and the FWS provides a bird checklist. Over 40 species of mammals have been identified, including black bear, bobcat, gray fox, red fox and coyote. Three species of venomous live within the refuge - cottonmouth, timber rattlesnake and the copperhead - along with a range of other reptiles and amphibians. The occasional alligator can be spotted within the swamp.

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VA - Chesapeake, Chesapeake Municipal Airport

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