Washington Ditch Road 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.

Length9.3 miElevation gain29 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugs
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Surveyed by George Washington in 1768. A cart road was first built along this 4.5-mile ditch and the canal dug with slave labor alongside for transportation. Accessibility: There do not appear to be any designated or paved accessible parking spaces within 1 mile of the start of the trail on the west end. The trail surface is natural (dirt, grass, gravel), and typically at least 6 feet wide. There is a raised center area along portions of the trail which may cause uneven cross slopes. The estimated grade is gentle (all 3% or less). All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the unpaved and potentially uneven surface type.

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Timothy Hryniewicz
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Nice walk, nice wildlife, cool lake at the end. No real changes in terrain, so try to be observant of wildlife and plant life to make the walk less monotonous.

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David Likens
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Rico Terrell
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Mountain biking
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Teddy Poole
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Hiking

Was a very easy hike although a bit boring, the scenery was pretty for awhile but it is just a straight gravel trail. The lake was beautiful though.

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Scott Cole
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HikingGreat!

Easy hike from the parking area to the lake and back. No ticks or bugs this visit and freezing temperatures the night before probably helped. Road/trail in good condition, hadn't rained much in the past week so was dry. May have spotted the tail of a grey fox running off but no other mammals. Quite a few birds to include a pretty large Great Blue Heron I disturbed when coming back giving me a great view when flying down the road. The 1 mile marker is missing. Rewarded by a great lake view at the end. Besides someone walking his dog around the 2 mile mark, had the trail to myself.

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Joseph Vaughan
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful day for a walk. This was my son's and my first log of a hike on this app. This time of year, the trail is more of a walk with no bugs, snakes, or other pests. Basically a gravel path leading to a tranquil lake, the trail is good for biking or hiking. My son rescued a tiny perch trapped in a puddle created by a recent flooding rain. Be sure to take the decked walk near the parking area to get a true feel of the swamp. Lots of history here. Check out https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/great-dismal-swamp/

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Chris Randall
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HikingBugsOver grown

Alot of bugs...found 2 ticks on me. wouldn't really call it a "hike" more like a walk.

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Kaliah Cohen
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Hiking

Went on a cool day and it wasn't too buggy, we encountered some deer and lots of bear scat!

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Bondita Schubert
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Kristina Barnes
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Pretty trail. We saw lots of turtles and maybe even caught sight of a bear retreating back into the trees. Lots of mosquitoes and other bugs. The lake was pretty impressive. Nice afternoon walk.

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Christopher Walker
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Hiking

I nice trail for an easy afternoon walk. Quite a few bugs even in early October.

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Ryan Hatfield
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We went after some heavy rain and there was anckle deep puddling that was unavoidable in about 3 locations. The majority of the trail was dry and pleasant. We got to see a bear and various other birds, frogs, snakes, ect.

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Courtney Schlieter
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Rachel Chastanet
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Hiking

Straight and easy except some hurricane damage near the trailhead. Bugs manageable with long sleeves, long pants and deep woods OFF. Saw a deer and a lot of butterflies and turtles.

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Rachel Chastanet
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Very few people (easy to socially distance without masks). Saw a deer, a number of birds, turtles, bear scat, butterflies, dragonflies, and a very nice view of the lake. Very hot. I used my entire 2.5 liter hydration pack and wished I brought more. Applied high-concentration sweat-proof bug spray in two layers and still found the stinging flies annoying. Trail is wide and flat gravel and there is a short boardwalk loop at the beginning (but very buggy). Also, stay on trail, there is LOTS of poison ivy.

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Jon Harned
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HikingBugs

Would have been a lovely trail....but the bugs decided to join in full force. Recommend long pants, long shirt, bug spray and maybe a flamethrower...

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Tim Smith
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Hiking

Nice, well maintained trail. Very flat and easy so not a bad gig for the kiddos. At the trail head, there was a boardwalk path that was 3/4 mile long and dumped out on to the Washington Ditch path that was pretty nice.

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Jason Young
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Hiking

It was a very fun trail. We saw a lot of turtles, some snakes, two deer, muskrats, and an otter family. It was very peaceful and the trail was well maintained.

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Emily Richards
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Hiking

Lovely walk very peaceful and quiet. Lots of wildlife and a beautiful view of the lake at the end. Great 57 degree day

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Steven Chaffin
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Hiking

No bugs today but loads of bear scat past the 1.5 mile mark. We enjoyed the butterflies and birds along the way.

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Tara Criste
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very buggy. we brought bug spray but this trail had lots of beautiful butterflies. I took my boys [ages 10 and 9] and they got very tired after 3 miles so we turned back. the trail is straight and wide but had lots of debris. i would definitely like to try it again and make it to the lake.

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Juri Lahtinen
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Running

Gravel road that was good to run. I started 6:30am so I needed to leave car outside and jump over the beam to get my exercise in... saw some deers that was cool :)

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Brad Caldbeck
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Hiking

Not much a hike but that is not always what we’re looking for. This was a great trail for a peaceful walk with our pups and we ran into almost nobody!

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Dave Scherpf
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Walking

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.

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V BAGLEY
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Hiking

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!!

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Cindy Turner
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Mountain biking

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.

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Sharon Chen
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Hiking

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.

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Bonnie B
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Hiking

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.

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