Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

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Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chesapeake, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.9 miles 69 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Opened in 2005, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail follows part of old Route 17 south along the banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal. Parking is available on the north end at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center (2356 US Highway 17 N, South Mills, NC 27976) or at the southern end. Trail is fairly straight and paved, with root up-wellings common. Used for walking, running, biking and just lolly-gagging.

walking
10 months ago

I walked on this trail from a rest stop next to the NC Dismal Swamp State Park. It is well paved and entirely flat. Since it was next to off the US 17 so it was pretty noisy.

scenic driving
11 months ago

I liked the NC setion better, but it was a nice day.

hiking
11 months ago

This is the Virginia section of the canal trail. It runs along US 17 most of the way, so don't come seeking solitude. It is actually part of the inland water way.