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Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA
+1 757-382-2489
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Easy walk and great environment!

Drove out to the Dismal Swamp. I was about an hour too late as I was wanting to get there to see... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2018
WeehawkenNJ
I love this trail but the bike people think they own it.

I love this place. I have been coming here for 12 years. However in the past couple of years the... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2018
TLJade
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Norfolk, Virginia
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“bike ride” (12 reviews)
“deep creek” (5 reviews)
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1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA
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+1 757-382-2489
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Drove out to the Dismal Swamp. I was about an hour too late as I was wanting to get there to see the mist rising off Drummond Lake. With that being said, it was still worth it. Gorgeous scenery, and if you have a good...More

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

I love this place. I have been coming here for 12 years. However in the past couple of years the "bike crowd" tight pants expensive bikes fly up and down here like they own the road. I stay on my side while walking the trail...More

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Reviewed January 5, 2018

My daughter and I ride our bikes on the trail all the time. Great anytime. We enjoy walking the trail however, the yellow flies are very heavy during the spring and summer. We have yet to see a black bear on the trail however, I...More

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

While the museum is small it very nice inside. The walking trail takes you into the swamp. There also are canoes for families. The staff is very helpful and even makes sure the kids all have their lifejackets on and assist you in getting launched.

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Reviewed December 14, 2017

Not a lot to see here. The road has barely enough width for two cars to pass so due to the road the the bordering canal there are not a lot of places to pull over and see the sites.

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Reviewed November 10, 2017

This is a great place to walk or take a bike ride without having to worry about vehicle traffic. There are rest rooms at the main parking area and about 4 miles down the trail. You also can launch canoes/kayaks at two different ramps.

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Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

Great biking and walking trails. The visitors center is very nice. Family friendly for adults, kids, dogs and handicap. It was a very enjoyable outing. Highly recommend. Plenty off parking and clean restrooms. Picnic areas, but no food sold on site. What you bring in...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

If you have a boat go from great bridge to the NC line and reach the locks. Then to Elizabeth City. No boat? Stop at stations and take the nature walk.

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Reviewed September 17, 2017

Cooler weather, leaves beginning to fall with just a hint of color. The trail, formerly old Rt. 17 Hwy, is 8.5 miles. A flat two-lane former highway travels next to the Dismal Swamp canal. The canal path surveyed by Geo. Washington and constructed by mules...More

Thank larryhazelwood
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Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

In my middle age, I have discovered that I love to ride my bike on rail-trails. The freedom of wind, beautiful sights to see & new places to visit with the added bonus of physical exercise, can't be beat. Plus - rail-trails are safe from...More

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Daryl K
April 7, 2017|
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Response from cjackson27 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but there may be times and dates specific to the activity. However, we've seen horses on the weekends - previous answer to check with city parks and recreation department is worth following.
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