Important to Know!

Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive Re-opens


The Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive will re-open for touring on Sunday, November 11. Come and see the beautiful fall colors. The Wildlife Drive will be "FEE-FREE" on both Sunday and Monday, November 11 and 12, 2018 in honor of Veterans Day.

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.

GDSNWR facebook page

Refuge Newsletter-October2018

Among the Vines

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

Among the Vines - October 2018
Featured Stories

Washington Ditch entrance Closing

Trail Infor-promo

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.

Trail Information

Trail Closures for 2018 Hunt Dates

November 16 & 17, 2018 are the last two hunt days for the 2018 season at Great Dismal Swamp NWR. The Lake Drummond Wildlife Drive and the Jericho Lane entrance will be closed, except to hunters with permits, on those days. Only the Portsmouth Ditch entrance will remain open for hiking and biking as it is a "No hunt" zone. The Washington Ditch entrance is closed for trail re-construction until 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