As it was built on a former state highway, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail provides a wide, paved and flat pathway along its namesake waterway and the Great Dismal Swamp Refuge. Not only does this wetlands area provide scenic views and opportunities to glimpse many types of birds and other wildlife, it is also of historical significance as parts were surveyed by George Washington's company and it also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Parking and Trail Access
For parking at the northern trailhead: turn right onto Route 17 Business - George Washington Highway; follow Route 17 for about a half mile to the trail entrance on the left. For parking at the southern trailhead: continue on Route 17 south beyond mile marker 4. Turn right onto Ballahack Road.
Nice, Flat, Enjoyable
My friend and I have ridden this trail a few times together. Nothing better than almost perfectly flat and asphalt when looking for an easy ride. Would get five stars if it was a circuit. Not that there's anything wrong with the old ride to the end and ...