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For using internet mapping and direction software, use 3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434 for the headquarters. For trail-heads, use 1325 White Marsh Road for Jericho Lane entrance, and 3100 White Marsh Road for Washington Ditch entrance. All are in Suffolk, VA 23434.

Note: For canoe, kayak, and small vessel access, you must enter the refuge from the east, via the Dismal Swamp Canal to the Feeder Ditch to Lake Drummond. Recommended water access is at the Chesapeake Dismal Swamp Public Boat Ramp. From U.S. Highway 17 in southern Chesapeake, exit at Ballahack Road. Continue west on Ballahack Road to reach the DS Canal Trail Road. The boat ramp is just north of this intersection. (GPS: N 36.604328 W -76.381378)

From Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, VA via I-64 

 

  • Take I-64 East (Hampton Roads Inner Loop) toward Suffolk, VA 
  • Merge onto I-664 North via EXIT 299B on the LEFT toward US-13/BOWERS HILL/US-58/SUFFOLK/US-460/NEWPORT NEWS 
  • Move to the right two lanes and merge onto US-460 W/US-58 W/US-13 S via EXIT 13A toward SUFFOLK 
  • Exit onto US-58 Business Route (BR) W/US-460 BR W/PORTSMOUTH BLVD/US-13 BR S. 
  • Follow TO REFUGE TRAILHEADS or HEADQUARTERS below. 

 

From Williamsburg/Richmond, VA 

 

  • Follow I-64 East to I-664 South. 
  • Take Exit 13A- Suffolk (460/58/13 west), then follow TO THE REFUGE TRAILHEADS or HEADQUARTERS below. 
To the Refuge Trailheads or Headquarters

 

 

  • Turn Left at the first light onto ROUTE 337, EAST WASHINGTON ST. 
  • At the second traffic light, turn left onto ROUTE 642, WHITE MARSH ROAD. 
  • Jericho Lane and Washington Ditch trailheads are on White Marsh Road. 
  • To continue to the headquarters, proceed on WHITE MARSH ROAD to the four-way stop. 
  • Turn left onto DESERT ROAD. 
  • Proceed 2 miles to the refuge office at 3100 DESERT ROAD. 

 

From Southwest Virginia/ Western North Carolina 

 

  • Follow US 58 EAST to Suffolk. 
  • Exit onto US 58 BUSINESS toward Downtown Suffolk. 
  • Merge onto ROUTE 337, WEST WASHINGTON STREET by proceeding straight ahead at the Hardee’s. 
  • Turn right onto ROUTE 642/ WHITE MARSH ROAD 
  • JERICHO LANE AND WASHINGTON DITCH TRAILHEADS are on White Marsh Road. 
  • To continue to the headquarters, proceed on WHITE MARSH ROAD to the four-way stop. 
  • Turn left onto DESERT ROAD. 
  • Proceed 2 miles to the refuge office at 3100 DESERT ROAD. 

 

From Eastern North Carolina 

 

  • Take US 158 to ROUTE 32 NORTH. 
  • Turn Right onto WHITE MARSH ROAD (RT. 642). 
  • From the four-way stop, turn right onto DESERT ROAD and go about 2 miles to the refuge office. 
  • Also from the four-way stop, continue straight on WHITE MARSH ROAD to go to Washington Ditch and Jericho Lane trailheads. 

 

GPS Points for Other Nearby Features 

 

  • Dismal Swamp Canal Public Boat Ramp - (N 36.604328 W -76.381378)
  • Feeder Ditch at Dismal Swamp Canal - (N36.35.34.3 W-76.23.7.1) 
  • Dismal Swamp Reservation, US Army Corp of Engineers, spillway and campground - (N36.35.41.6 W-76.26.18.8) 
  • Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake Parks and Recreation, North entrance - (N 36.692108 W -76.356621)
  • Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake Parks and Recreation, Douglas Road Landing - (N 36.637749 W -76.372940)

 

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2013
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