If you love small-town charm, eco-adventure, performing and visual arts, history, festivals, boutiques, chef-owned restaurants, recreation, golf, guided tours, and peanuts you’ll love Suffolk, Virginia.
Home to Planters Peanuts and the birthplace of the iconic Mr. Peanut®, Suffolk boasts an array of activities and attractions. The 112,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a favorite for guided tours, nature trails, canoeing and bird-watching. The arts and culture scene offers the perfect blend of visual arts, theatre, dance, music and more. With five golf courses, boating, fishing and kayaking, not to mention historic sites, guided tours, shopping and unique eateries, Suffolk, Virginia, truly does offer something for everyone.
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is anything but dismal. Despite its foreboding moniker, it is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than 1 million acres of land. Today, encompassing over 112,000 acres, visitors enjoy wildlife observation, history and lore. Lake Drummond, a 3,108-acre lake is the largest of two naturally occurring lakes in Virginia. Its foreboding forests protect its wildlife and ward off intruders. But for those who venture in, the Dismal Swamp shelters a wealth of history, lore, flora and fauna.
Whispers of lore lurk in the shadows of downtown Suffolk’s historic Main Street as Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk gets underway for the autumn season. Enjoy a hair-raising encounter with the “spirited” side of Suffolk. Follow a costumed guide through the shadows of historic Main Street discovering stories, legends and “unexplained occurrences” by lantern light. Tales of unsolved mysteries and unresolved affairs abound throughout Suffolk’s historically hip Ghost Walk. While particularly spooky this time of year, Suffolk’s award-winning Ghost Walk is offered year-round.