Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival


Join us for a day of guided bird walks and family fun activities! All events are free. Pre-registration required for Guided Walks and Bus Tours.



Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see Bird Festival Registration on
2) Review the options listed and choose the activities you would like.
3) Sign up! It's easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Schedule of Events - Saturday, April 30

Guided Bird Walks - 7:00 AM 

(Approximately 2 hours; Registration required)

- Jericho Lane Trailhead (1330 White Marsh Rd, Suffolk, VA)
- Washington Ditch Trailhead (3076 White Marsh Rd, Suffolk, VA)
- Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive Birding by Bus (Departs from 3100 Desert Rd, Suffolk, VA)
- Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (1246 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA)


Family Activities - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Stop by our visitor contact station for some fun! We will have tables and tents with family activities, exhibitors, and a self-guided nature walk around our Pines Trail.

     No registration required. Open to all visitors
     Refuge Headquarters
     3100 Desert Rd., Suffolk, VA

Guided Nature Walks - 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Looking to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the Great Dismal Swamp? Join us for a guided nature walk!
Open to all ages and experience levels. 

     (Approximately 2 hours; Registration required)
     Washington Ditch Trailhead
     3076 White Marsh Road, Suffolk, VA


Wildlife Drive Bus Tours - 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Take a ride on our open-air tram! Join us for a tour of Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive and learn about the unique cultural, historical, and natural history of the Great Dismal Swamp!

    (Approximately 90 minutes; Registration required)
    Board the tram at Refuge HQ parking lot
    3100 Desert Rd., Suffolk, VA 


Additional Information:

The 2022 Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival is held in conjunction with the Virginia Society of Ornithologists Annual Meeting . For more information, please visit their website at


(Optional) For out-of-town visitors attending the VSO meeting and/or Birding Festival:

Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 E. Constance Road, Suffolk VA 23434.
Room reservations can be made by phone at (757)-925-1300.  Please specify that you are a part of Virginia Society of Ornithology – Great Dismal Swamp group when making reservations to guarantee the discounted rate of $89 per room, which will be available until March 29, 2022.


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