The TRACK Trail at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a 1.5-mile trail that follows the Black Bear Trail to Wood Duck Loop.
The lands of the Refuge were the traditional hunting grounds of several groups of Indigenous people, including the Nansemond Tribe. Today, the refuge protects the unique pocosin forest ecosystem of the Great Dismal Swamp. As you walk the trail, you will see a landscape different than the one Indigenous people walked through, but equally important for wildlife. Look for pond pines, black bear, switch cane, and a diverse array of other plant and animal life
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Recreational Features: Mountain Bike Trails, Birding
ADA Compliant: No
Adventures for Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
A Quest for DragonsDifficulty:
There are over 300 species of dragonflies in the United States. They can be found soaring and swooping over ponds, rivers, and swamps across the country. Use this brochure as a guide on your quest to discover the incredible world of dragonflies.
The Great Dismal SwampDifficulty:
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1974 to protect wildlife and habitat. The refuge is important because it helps protect and conserve a very complex ecosystem of soil, water, vegetation and animals that have many benefits to wildlife and people. Let's explore the ecosystem of the Great Dismal Swamp!
Tracks & TracesDifficulty:
Every animal leaves "Tracks and Traces" of its presence when they pass through an area. From footprints, to scat (poop), to other traces like food scraps, animals leave clues of their presence everywhere. The "Tracks and Traces" brochure was designed to help you identify the various tracks and traces animals leave behind.
Types of Trees - Great Dismal SwampDifficulty:
It’s easy to get confused with the various types of trees that can be found in the forest. Use this guide to identify and learn about a few of the common types of trees in the area.
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