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Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

Best place in Chesapeake for Bike riding. Great views, abundant wildlife, some areas provide nice... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Chesapeake, Virginia
The 3 Bears

Went for a bike ride on the trail on Tuesday, July 17th. Very relaxed ride on a hot and slightly... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2018
George G
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1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I should know better. ‘Skeeters love me and it is a swamp. I didn’t see bears. Just mosquitos. From out of town with out bug spray but went for a run. Trail is actually an old retired section of road so very wide and in...More

Thank Adam M
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Best place in Chesapeake for Bike riding. Great views, abundant wildlife, some areas provide nice shade. There are even new bathrooms half way down the trail. Take bug spray though because the bugs can get challenging.

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Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Went for a bike ride on the trail on Tuesday, July 17th. Very relaxed ride on a hot and slightly humid day. At about mile 7, saw a black bear slowly crossing the road about 50 yards ahead. After a moment of "awww", I slammed...More

Thank George G
Reviewed 12 July 2018

We had been to the side close to our house in Chesapeake but decided to take a ride to the other side in Suffolk. We took our beagle Bristol and set out. What a lot of people may not know is that there was a...More

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Nice to be able to spend the time in the wild. Easy to locate and enjoyable in the Spring and Fall of the year.

Thank Gerald B
Reviewed 19 June 2018

This is a great multi-use paved trail! It is a flat 8.25 miles (16.5 out and back) long and offers bathrooms at the beginning and 3.5 mile mark and is handicapped accessible. The trail is a part of US 17 that was relocated and runs...More

2  Thank sevenwords
Reviewed 18 March 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

1  Thank WeehawkenNJ
Reviewed 22 January 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

3  Thank TLJade
Reviewed 5 January 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

Thank 880tamarash
Reviewed 22 December 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.

1  Thank Marvgarden53
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Nydia G
16 September 2018|
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Response from Denise C | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can run Ive seen quite a few. There are paved trails and paths. BUGS BUGS BUGS though, so be prepared. Basically, pretty safe.
Daryl K
7 April 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.