Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at

Important to Know!

For the Most Current Emergency Trail Notices...


Please go to our refuge facebook page! Damp and windy weather can bring down a tree and block a road without notice this time of year. And then there are habitat management and construction projects that may require brief temporary trail closings. The most current information is always available on the refuge facebook page.

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2019 Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival

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April 25-27, 2019: Guided bird walks each morning, refuge tours, workshops. Free event, but most activities will require advanced reservations. The full schedule and registration details will be published by March 1, 2019.

Refuge Newsletter-October2018

Among the Vines

New edition of our refuge newsletter, "Among the Vines" now available for download.

Among the Vines - October 2018
Trail Notice:

Washington Ditch entrance Closing

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The Washington Ditch entrance will be closing on November 13, 2018 for a trail improvement project. The area will remain closed until late February, 2019.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS