Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Suffolk, VA

Where are we going?

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Rd
VA 23434


What is there to do?

The USA has some incredible natural wonders. Some are caverns, some are mountains, and some are national reserves, just like the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Reserve.

The Great Dismal Swamp once covered over 1 million acres across Virginia and North Carolina. Now, it's 112,000 acres are protected, preserving the incredible flora and fauna that calls it home.

When you visit, there are a host of activities that can you enjoy as a family, and if you LOVE nature and the great outdoors, then you are certainly in lucky!

Did you know that the Great Dismal Swamp (that is far from dismal!) has over 80 miles of trails where you can hike and bike. It's a fun and easy way to see an extensive selection of the reserve.

If you want a more relaxed approach, you can enjoy the Auto Tour route, and see even MORE of the reserve!

No matter what time of year, you can take to the trails and enjoy a whole new side to this incredible Virginia refuge.

Love wildlife? You are in luck, because there is some GREAT wildlife viewing within the park, and perfect for those who love photography too. So far, over 200 species of birds have been identified, and nearly 50 species of mammals, including the black bear, bobcat, river otter, raccoon, ground hog, and even voles and bats!

You will also get to experience Lake Drummond - one of only two natural lakes in the entire state. This is the perfect place for boating and fishing, or even just spend a day wandering along the shore.

Great nature awaits at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Reserve

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free

Children: Free


Need a little extra help?

The auto trail is a great option as you can be in the comfort of your own vehicle for accessibility.


When can we go?

Trails sunrise to sunset. Auto Tour 7:30am - 3pm

All year round


Any top tips?

Be mindful of the elements! Wear bug spray and/or sunscreen. Pets must be on a leash at all times too

I’m Hungry!

Why not make a day of it and take a packed lunch? There are some beautiful spots within the park to sit back and enjoy it all!

Healthy Eating

Make sure you take lots of water and healthy snacks for your energy, especially if you take to the trails. There aren't any sources of water along the trails - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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