Curated Collections of the Most Useful Facts.

What's This?
Great Dismal Swamp

Great Dismal Swamp

The Great Dismal Swamp is a marshy area on the Coastal Plain Region of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina between Norfolk, Virginia, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina in the United States.


Curated by

Zack Flory

Zack Flory

28 Knowledge Cards

Views    596

Share     twitter share  

Curated Facts

It is an important resting location for hundreds of species of migratory birds, many of which have nesting areas in or near the refuge. Swainson's warbler and Wayne's warbler are two species that are common and noteworthy in the swamp.

Article:   America's Natural Places:…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

Spanning across the Virginia border and into North Carolina is the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Natural Area. With 82,000 acres in Virginia and 38,000 acres in North Carolina, this is one of the largest swamps in the northeast United States.

Article:   America's Natural Places:…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

The mysteriously and formidably named Great Dismal Swamp straddles the North Carolina-Virginia border only a few miles inland from the Atlantic coast. This region was referred to in correspondence as "dismal swamp" as early as 1715, and appears as Great Dismal Swamp on the 1733 Moseley map.

Article: Great Dismal Swamp
Source: NCpedia

Some quick facts I found from the site; originally Virginia had wetlands coverage of more than 7%, now we are down to 4%. This is a huge loss of 42% leaving us at 1 million acres of leftover wetlands

Article: Understanding World Envir...
Source: Understanding World Envir...

Unlike most swamps, it is not located near a river. It is a coastal plain swamp. Trees like cypress, black gum, juniper, and water ash are common.

Article: Swamps
Source: Swamps - NatureWorks

Black bears have occurred in almost every county in Virginia, but the highest numbers are in
the Appalachian Mountains and in and around the Great Dismal Swamp in the southeast.

Article: Bear Facts

. In fact, slaves had been escaping their masters and creating some of the earliest known paths of the Underground Railroad during the late 18th century. Called maroons, those runaways formed their own secret communities throughout Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp, and even as far south as in the Florida Everglades among the Seminole Indians.

Article: Underground Railroad
Source: Underground Railroad

Since 2001, Sayers has been researching and exploring the presence of maroons (African-Americans who permanently escaped enslavement) and other communities in the swamp’s approximately 200 square miles of undeveloped, densely wooded wetlands in southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina.

Article: Archaeology in the Great ...
Source: Archaeology in the Great ...

Many tales have been told about the Great Dismal and its mysterious circular lake, a biological wonder few have ever experienced. Several poets and history writers viewed this place in different ways: both a paradise and a place of foreboding unknown; rich and desolate; sweet smelling and pungent; a place where a person may find peace, or if lost, may never find the way out.

Article: Forgot Your Password?
Source: Virginia Is For Lovers

Before it was put out, the fire consumed more than 6,500 acres and as much as five feet of peat soil in the swamp. Smoke from the fire also extended as far north as Maryland at one point.

Article: Great Dismal Swamp Fire: ...
Source: Great Dismal Swamp Fire: ...