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Feel your daily stresses melt away as you cross the historic Dismal Swamp Canal and walk along the 900-foot boardwalk into this geological wonder. Experience first hand the lush swamp forest and get up-close and personal with the wide variety of wildlife. For the adventurer, there are 18 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Or, enjoy a leisurely paddle down the Dismal Swamp Canal in your canoe or kayak. Learn why George Washington called the Dismal Swamp a glorious paradise, how the swamp was important in the Underground Railroad and the ecological importance of wetlands in the visitor center and exhibit hall. All of this and more can be found just 3 miles south of the NC/VA border on US Hwy 17.

walking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

walking
Monday, June 20, 2016

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.

hiking
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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.

walking
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

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
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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

mountain biking
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Another nice mid-December bike ride. It was a beautiful, bright, sunshiny day.

mountain biking
Saturday, December 12, 2015

It was a great day for a bike ride. A beautiful sunshine mid-December day.

hiking
Thursday, December 10, 2015

This is my kind of trail; a walk in the woods on a single track trail. It is an easy trail and wooded all the way. All that and a beautiful mid December day. I was walking along with my camera turned on and ready to fire when a bob-cat ran across the trail in front of me. Sorry, but I could not get the picture in time. I have never seen one in Virginia before.

walking
Thursday, December 10, 2015

This is the long version of the swamp boardwalk trail. There are two chances to sit if you need to.

hiking
Thursday, December 10, 2015

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.