Washington Ditch Boardwalk Trail

EASY 29 reviews

Washington Ditch Boardwalk Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Suffolk, Virginia that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
29 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

walking
6 months ago

The trail to Lake Drummond is closer to 8.5mi out and back. Easy walk, not challenging, but worth it to see the lake.

The parking lot is about a mile drive down a gravel road before the trail starts.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

OMG! I went earlier today with my children, the bugs where hurendous and we couldn't even partake in the journey. Hopefully I'll retry it again to see it gets better! I was disappointed on this go around!!

mountain biking
Friday, June 23, 2017

The trail is super straight and seems like it never ends. bugs are not real bad. its more like a bug highway, they ping right off ur head/ face and for the most part continue on their way. Bikers defiantly wear a bandanna and sunglasses to keep bugs out and keep your mouth closed. (ate a few) The lake breeze was a welcome sight as well as the view.

hiking
Friday, March 03, 2017

So, the trail was nice and flat, easy to walk on. It is straight from start to end though, no varieties or change of scenery. Little boring for me. Great with dogs. I have to say the lake was absolutely stunning. Definitely go there. The long boring trail walk will be worth it when you see the lake.

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

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
Sunday, May 29, 2016

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.

trail running
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Quiet and peaceful. I didn't see anyone on the trail, it may have had something to do with the gate being closed to vehicles on Sunday. I just parked outside the gate and went from there. Beautiful trail, but the straight road was a little boring. My dog loved it!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Historical yes, quiet trail yes, exciting and adventurous curves to the trails no. Probably wouldn't go back.

hiking
Friday, September 18, 2015

Easy flat trails and generally have the place to myself on weekday evenings and most weekends.

The Washington Ditch is my go to here. I often see deer, herons, turtles, and occasional foxes. Unlike Jericho Ditch, there's not a ton of undergrowth and you get a good view into the woods (though the undergrowth gets thicker as you go farther).

Jericho can be interesting, but has a lot of defense undergrowth in all directions.

if you're looking to photograph wildlife, bring a long lens and lots of patience.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 28, 2014

It may have been self-inflicted, but the bugs were horrible. Monstrous things that attacked as soon as you get out of your vehicle, but it is a swamp so that's the nature of the beast. The trail itself was slow going. The scenery was nice, but mostly just trees and grass. I didn't see a whole lot of wildflowers etc... I think my favorite part was the butterflies everywhere and the lake at the end. Probably won't go back though.

mountain biking
Sunday, March 16, 2014

Its a swamp with man made roads used as trails, better for walking or running. Best used during the fall and winter when the bugs are gone and that wonderful swamp water smell is at its lowest. Nice views and pretty friendly wildlife with a nice lake once you get there.

hiking
Friday, January 03, 2014

Wry nice short trail that allows you to enter the swamp. Very well maintained.

mountain biking
Friday, October 18, 2013

Rode this on my bike and it was wet and slow but oh so beautiful!

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

Such a great idea to make an accessible trail out into the woods! It lacks the beauty of the Cyprus Swamp Trail at First Landing State Park but it was nice.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

I liked it but the bugs liked me. The Washington Ditch is beautiful but it does not change a whole lot most of the way.

nature trips
Friday, August 30, 2013

Nice chance for a handicapped person to get out into it. Except that there is a tree down across the boardwalk about half way around. This trail would only be about 3/4 mile if you just did the basic loop. But there are two spur trails off it going to lookout platforms. That makes it over a mile. If you are in a hurry, ignore the lookout platforms; did not see anything different from either.

mountain biking
Friday, August 30, 2013

I agree with Juan. It was on my bucket list and I had my bike with me s-o-o-o-o-o; why did I want to do this trail? Oh, I remember; I thought it would be beautiful Cyprus swamp like in First Landing State Park or Northwest River Park. Anyway, I can scratch it off my list. Also, did somebody mention bugs? Deet did not help and I doubt that Cutters would.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 03, 2012

Omg I remembet this bike trail. Took the family there 4yrs ago and the bugs rule here. Family had fun but we'll never return lol. I'll recommend this place once but only to get it off ur bike trails bucket list lol..

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2011

Did both Washington Ditch Trail and the Dismal Town Boardwalk Trail.

Boardwalk Trail is about a mile. It being late fall and pretty dry, the Boardwalk trail wasn't too exciting. I'm sure Spring and mid October are prettier.

Ditch Trail is 4.5 miles one way to Lake Drummond. The trail is very easy. It reminded me of walking the C&O Towpatch but without any elevation gain whatsoever.

There were a few young families with small kids at the beginning of the Ditch trail but since it goes for some distance they tended to turn around before too long. I passed a handful of others towards Lake Drummond but otherwise, had the trail to myself.

The water in the ditch along the trail looks pretty dark and made for some dramatic pix. I'm sure when leaves are changing things are even prettier. There's an observation deck at Lake Drummond and that makes for a welcome rest stop after the hike to the lake. Very serene. Very quite, except for the ducks or geese in the lake. Got to the lake by around 2PM on a sunny November day. Not a cloud in the sky and was pretty warm for late November, 66 degrees. If I had brought my head lamp I might have stayed until sunset. Maybe another trip. I'm sure it's worth doing.

Not a strenuous hike at all but on a nice clear day a good trail to walk off some post Thanksgiving indulgences.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Sort of dull and insect repellant did not seem to deter the yellow flies. Eh.

hiking
Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lots of wildlife, very easy trail for the family. The Cyprus trees are very large and a nice sight to see

mountain biking
Monday, May 24, 2010

The Washington Ditch trail is a path that ends at the lake. It is flat, the trail is just two ruts made from vehicles driving on the path. The path was wet, but not sloppy muddy. There are a lot of bug, bring insect/mosquito repellent...it is a swamp after all. The path is quite smooth, with very few potholes or debris to avoid. There is a lot of wildlife to see. I saw birds, turtles, raccoons, and one small deer. There are several other ditches that can be explored, but I was not able to as it started raining, so I headed home. At the Refuge Headquarters, you can pick up a map with the trails on it.

mountain biking
Friday, June 23, 2017

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hiking
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

hiking
Saturday, May 09, 2015