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Plan Your Visit

Visitors on the boardwalk

Know Before You Go

  • The refuge trails are open daily, sunrise to sunset, for hiking and biking. 
  • The Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive (Vehicle access to Lake Drummond via the Railroad Ditch Entrance) is open everyday. Seasonal hours are April 1-September 30,  7a to 7p. And winter, October 1 to March 31, 7:30a-5p. The gate will close one hour earlier to allow all vehicles to leave the area on time. The required self-serve permit can be found at the Permit Station on Railroad Ditch Road, 1/2 mile from the entry gate, or below.
  •  At this time there is no fee to visit the refuge.
  • When enjoying the outdoors, please remember to be mindful of the elements. It is a good idea to wear bug repellent and sunscreen while fishing or walking along one of the many refuge nature trails. Sources of potable water are not available on the trails. In order to stay properly hydrated it would be beneficial to bring drinking water along on your visit. 
  • Disturbing or collecting plants, animals, or artifacts is prohibited. Swimming, camping, and fires are also prohibited on the refuge.   
  • Vault restroom facilities are located at the Jericho and Washington Ditch parking areas.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Cell phone reception is unreliable.
Points of Interest 

The main public contact point:
Refuge Headquarters
3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone: 757-986-3705 

  •  The office is open Monday – Fridays, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is closed on weekends and federal holidays. 
  •  The trail system is open everyday, sunrise to sunset, for hiking and biking.  
  • The Wildlife Drive (Vehicle access to Lake Drummond via the Railroad Ditch Entrance) is open everyday. Seasonal hours are April 1-September 30,  7a to 7p. And winter, October 1 to March 31, 7:30a-5p. The gate will close one hour earlier to allow all vehicles to leave the area on time. The required self-serve permit can be found at the Permit Station on Railroad Ditch Road, 1/2 mile from the entry gate, or below.
Public Use Map of trails and entrance locations

 

 Other points of interest include

  • In the Washington Ditch entrance enjoy the ¾ mile accessible boardwalk trail that loops deep into the forest, or take the 4 ½ mile hiking or biking trail to Lake Drummond. An observation deck is located at the lake.
  • In the Jericho Ditch entrance you find many miles of hiking and biking. This is also a great area for bird watching during the spring migration and visiting the bird banding station.  The Feeder Ditch entrance is a by water only access to Lake Drummond from the Dismal Swamp Canal entering the refuge from the east. 
  • Fishing/Boating access from the Interior Ditch boat ramp is allowed everyday by using the Wildlife Drive self-serve permit.  Fisherman and boaters must abide by terms and hours as indicated on the self-serve permit.
Refuge Brochures  

 

Last Updated: Apr 06, 2016
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