Nansemond National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Nansemond River in Suffolk, Virginia. It is a satellite refuge managed by Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
The Nansemond were a small Native American Tribe who were members of the Powhatan chiefdom. They lived along the Nansemond River, an area they called Chuckatuck, when English explorers first arrived in 1607 to establish a settlement that became Jamestown.
Nansemond National Wildlife Refuge became part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System in 1973 when the US Navy transferred 207 acres of salt marsh to the Service. In 1999, an additional 204 acres of upland grassland and forested stream corridors were transferred from the US Navy. The refuge is not open for visitation.
The Nansemond National Wildlife Refuge is not open for visitation. For information, please contact:
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
For emergencies call 911.