Great Dismal Swamp Safari

The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal.

Despite its foreboding moniker, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of few remaining American wildernesses and is home to the following:
  • Black Bear
  • Bobcats
  • Rare Plants
  • Rattlesnakes
  • River Otters
It is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than 1 million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
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Especially attractive to birders and nature lovers, the Great Dismal Swamp boasts 200 species of:
  • Birds
  • Frogs
  • Lizards
  • Salamanders
  • Toads
  • Yellow-Bellied and Spotted Turtles
Despite its impressive size and age, the Great Dismal Swamp remains a mystery to most people. Its thick forests protect its wildlife and ward off intruders.

Visitor Participation

But for those who venture in, the Dismal Swamp shelters a wealth of history and lore, flora and fauna. Visitors may participate in:
  • Biking
  • Fishing and Boating
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Nature Photography
  • Wildlife Observation
One of Suffolk's most popular attractions, narrated Swamp Safaris fill up quickly. The 4-hour tour is led by a biologist specializing is the unique habitat of the Great Dismal. Learn about the history, lore, vegetation and wildlife with this adventure that includes a brief walk to Lake Drummond. Sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. A small snack and beverage is provided.

This tour is not recommended for very small children.

2020 Tour Dates

Please call the Suffolk Visitor Center for upcoming tours.