Important to Know!

Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival

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The event has been canceled for 2019. We hope to resume at a later time.

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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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 Closed for Major Renovations

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The Washington Ditch entrance is closed for a trail improvement project. Due to construction delays, the project is behind schedule. We expect the project will be completed and trail reopened sometime in May, 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