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We saw a baby Bear!

We had been to the side close to our house in Chesapeake but decided to take a ride to the other... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Denise C
Chesapeake, Virginia
Unexpected Pleasure

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gerald B
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1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA
+1 757-382-2489
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 14 December 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.

Thank Breter
Reviewed 10 November 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.

Thank kwgarnache
Reviewed 23 October 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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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.