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mountain biking

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The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The refuge trails are open daily, sunrise to sunset.

The George Washington Ditch trail is wide, swamp/tree lined, and features a canal running along the edge the whole way out to Lake Drummond. You naturally end up walking in one of two vehicle tracks, which gives it a pretty country/rural feel, though after a couple miles you're ready for a change in scenery. Definitely go all the way to the lake because it's really remote and starkly beautiful.

Beautiful lake, peaceful walk. Even saw a bear walk onto the trail ahead of us! Nice way to spend a Sunday!

flat and boring but no traffic

flat and boring. but if you want to run without worrying about traffic it would be great.

Easy and straight path. The view was great along the way. Admittedly, slightly boring due to the simple straight passage but the end result was great there by the lake. Saw many animals (birds, turtles, snakes) and some bear droppings.

We were also caught in a pretty bad thunderstorm and had to lay low a few times with the lightning and rain. However, I enjoyed the 8.8 mile hike (it was 4.4 there and back) and I do recommend it for a quick hike or sight seeing for nature.

Yellow flies were biting hard, so bring plenty of debt and carry water.

mountain biking
7 months ago

ran over the biggest snake I've ever seen in person with my bike, as I didn't have any room to veer left or right. Yeah I think I'm done.

scenic driving
7 months ago

We stopped by the State Park also serve as a rest stop on the 17. Nice.

I went during my lunch hour today. I was in a shade of green and hearing the birds sings. This was a perfect place to take a walk in a hot summer day.

mountain biking
8 months ago

over all good trail. was able to take both of my boys age 4 and 8, of course my youngest was in a bike trailer. we saw a good amount of wildlife to include deer, turtles, beavers, and an abundance of butterflies. it's roughly about 4.5 miles from the start to Lake Drummond. be prepared there were a bunch of nuisance creatures ticks, horse flies, mosquitoes, and snakes.

11 months ago

Nathan said it best, Do this one and do the second loop for the figure eight trail.

I did this a couple months ago and must have forgot to enter it. It is a nice double loop out into the swamp. Bikes are not allowed on this trail but there are many miles of bike options in the park.

It was an easy walk. Got a chance to go inside the swamp without getting wet.

mountain biking
1 year ago

I thought we had hiked or biked everything on the
Virginia side but here comes another one.

mountain biking
1 year ago

In the end we spent four days in the park. Mostly by fat tire bike