Explore the most popular paddle sports trails near Chesapeake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Deep Creek Park

11 months ago

Not a long trail at all but very beautiful and interesting.
Gorgeous wetlands and several places for wonderful views of small pieces of water, and interestingly a well-protected but decrepit 1800s graveyard.

road biking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Flat and straight, rode 17 miles out and back from the parking area. Plenty shade in the unused roadway which is nice not to have to worry about traffic.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Good for kids, easy and pretty

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.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Very unwelcoming. Parked in the parking lot and was immediately flooded with signs stating "private property", "under video surveillance", and "violators will be prosecuted". Was unable to tell whether we were allowed to be on the trail. Ended up leaving, didn't want to have to deal with any legal issues.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Too much traffic rolling by but nice other than that. It was a beautiful day.

hiking
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This is a very pleasant trail behind the girl scout center.

hiking
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I did this a couple years ago. It is a beautiful park.

mountain biking
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nice day for a bike ride, but it took me most of the day to get comfortable with the bike.

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.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Old two lane road with 4 gates, nice ride and not crowded during the week days.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Did not like it at all. Is a nice part to bring the kids but there is no running trail.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Short trail, very easy, one of our favorites. This park is rarely crowded and the trail is usually empty. Lots of bugs in the summer, bring mosquito spray, not a lot of wildlife - ducks and crabs and occasionally a turtle - but a peaceful short hike. I hike this one with my kids several times a month. We always continue to the small island past the lookouts, although the last time we went the bridge was broken. Hiking that little island is my kids' favorite part. You can also take the trail over to the Ruritan Club.

on Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

road biking
Monday, September 30, 2013

This trail is not for those seeking excitement, it is for those seeking a beautiful (just feet from the Intercoastal the entire length), safe (no motorized vehicles) and long (for runners anyway). I don't like to run it because it frankly gets old. But this is my go-to for biking. I can just clock in 17 miles at decent speeds with never a worry about traffic. Lots of cyclists ride it, then offshoot to the state highway 17 then ride down into NC, and return.

hiking
Monday, September 23, 2013

A nice little boardwalk trail. This may be the world's easiest trail because there are benches every few feet. At the end is a nice lookout over the creek and wetlands. The lookout is not all that high but it is enough to offer good views.

hiking
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I gave it four stars even though part of the way was busy. The rest of the way was empty and beautiful. Also it is a short loop, but it was my fourth park for the day so short was okay. The day was beautiful too.

hiking
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This is a beautiful spot. It was a beautiful day and the joy of the trails, water, trees, the lookout towers and the atmosphere will pull me back another day.

hiking
Monday, March 18, 2013

Walked the whole length of the trail, eventful and somewhat boring. peaceful and some of the pictures I took were nice.

hiking
Saturday, March 02, 2013

I been to the dismal swamp trail it's right down my naborhood

hiking
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Being a paved trail as part of old Hwy. 17 through part of Chesapeake, it is mostly straight, flat, and boring for walking/hiking. Cyclists and runners would benifit more using this trail. The quarter mile markers will give you a good idea of your speed. Sunny hot days in the Summer are just that - HOT!

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