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Great Bike trail!

8.1 miles each way, good pavement, most of it runs parallel to, and within 100 feet of the Dismal... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2019
Chesapeake, Virginia
Family Outing

As far as swamps go, you are sure to see...swampy things. Not over run with people or rules that... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2019
Leslie D
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Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

The canal is part of the intercostal waterway system, and runs along route 17 in Chesapeake. Part of it is the dismal swamp canal which provides a source of water to maintains the canal’s depth. It is a short ride by canoe or small boat,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank GaryRJones
Reviewed 15 January 2019

8.1 miles each way, good pavement, most of it runs parallel to, and within 100 feet of the Dismal Swamp Canal. Wide trail, 2 lanes of the old rt 17 which has been re-routed. Relatively low density of cyclists,/runners/walkers makes it an ideal trail for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bslyfox
Reviewed 15 January 2019

As far as swamps go, you are sure to see...swampy things. Not over run with people or rules that harsh the mellow. Swamps can be quite beautiful, peaceful and intriguing.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Leslie D
Reviewed 29 November 2018

I love this trail for hiking or biking. Great for large groups including scouts, school groups and more.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank engineerpat5290
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

I love this trail. It's paved so it's easy to maneuver but you can still feel like you're enjoying nature. The only thing I would suggest is to plant more trees between the highway and the parts of the trail that are close to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jeannette S
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

I should know better. ‘Skeeters love me and it is a swamp. I didn’t see bears. Just mosquitos. From out of town with out bug spray but went for a run. Trail is actually an old retired section of road so very wide and in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank adammC506OL
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Best place in Chesapeake for Bike riding. Great views, abundant wildlife, some areas provide nice shade. There are even new bathrooms half way down the trail. Take bug spray though because the bugs can get challenging.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank peggyderupa
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Went for a bike ride on the trail on Tuesday, July 17th. Very relaxed ride on a hot and slightly humid day. At about mile 7, saw a black bear slowly crossing the road about 50 yards ahead. After a moment of "awww", I slammed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank George G
Reviewed 12 July 2018

We had been to the side close to our house in Chesapeake but decided to take a ride to the other side in Suffolk. We took our beagle Bristol and set out. What a lot of people may not know is that there was a...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Denise C
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Nice to be able to spend the time in the wild. Easy to locate and enjoyable in the Spring and Fall of the year.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Gerald B
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Nydia G
15 September 2018|
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Response from Gerald B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, in fact, I just found out that they hold a 5k on special occasions. Check out their website for calendared events.
Daryl K
6 April 2017|
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Response from cjackson27 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but there may be times and dates specific to the activity. However, we've seen horses on the weekends - previous answer to check with city parks and recreation department is worth following.