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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Chincoteague NWR, located primarily on the Virginia side of Assateague Island, consists of more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Chincoteague NWR, originally established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds (with an emphasis on conserving greater snow geese...
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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Description: The Great Dismal Swamp NWR is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. It includes over 111,000-acres of forested wetlands, with Lake Drummond, a 3100-acre lake, at its heart.

The Great Dismal Swamp has long been considered a place of natural beauty, mystery, and legend. The swamp is an integral part of the cultural history of the region and remains a place of refuge for both wildlife and people.

Wildlife to Watch: Over two hundred species of birds have been identified on the refuge since its establishment; ninety-six of these species have been reported as nesting on or near the refuge. Birding is best during spring migration from April to June when the greatest diversity of species (particularly warblers) occurs. Winter brings massive movements of blackbirds and robins to the swamp. Two southern species, the Swainson's warbler and Wayne's warbler (a race of the Black-throated Green warbler), are more common in the Great Dismal Swamp than in other coastal locations. Other birds of interest are the wood duck, barred owl, pileated woodpecker, and prothonotary warbler.

Special Tips: There are over 100 miles of trails visitors may use to explore the swamp. Lake Drummond, located at the heart of the refuge, is one of the most picturesque views in the area. Observation piers are located on the Lake at both the Washington Ditch and Interior Ditch areas. Additional boardwalk trails are located at the Washington Ditch trailhead and on West Ditch trail.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 111,000 acres 
Closest Town: Suffolk

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingFishingHikingBoat LaunchVisitor CenterHuntingHandicap AccessibleSmall BoatsDrinking WaterBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Black-Throated Blue Warbler - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The refuge headquarters is located at 3100 Desert Road. The refuge's trailheads are located along White Marsh Road- Route 642, in Suffolk, Virginia.

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Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area