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“Great for biking”

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Chesapeake
Certificate of Excellence
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great for biking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

A great trail for bike riding without having to worry about cars. If you want a longer ride, head south on 17 into North Carolina. You will see another section of the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail that is longer and winds through some woods.
The only problem has been some bumps in the pavement. Recently they have been working to fix them, but you just have to be aware.
I have never seen any bears!

Visited May 2014
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English first
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great place to ride a few miles with the family”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Easy straight trail, well marked and maintained. Cute Bear statue for photo moments. Its the swamp- bring bug spray, and water. No bathroom facilities. 6 miles marked down so you can turn around when you are ready. Would make a great running or walking path.

Visited July 2014
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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123 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“An Okay Place to Ride a Bike”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a decent enough place to ride a bike without worrying about cars, but the city of Chesapeake could do a lot to make it an even better experience. The restrooms won't be opened until the fall of 2014. The last four miles or so of the ride are without shade and exposed to the wind (adjacent to a corn field). Trees branches and vines are starting to grow into the path of riders in places and need to be trimmed. It's definitely not like a ride in the park, but it will do for traffic-free riding. It gets a grade of "C" at best.

Visited July 2014
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Riverside
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Easy bike ride with a scenic view.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

This was a great place to take a leisure bike ride down the canal. The road is wide and flat. There are places along the way with benches facing the canal to stop and take a break. Great way to spend an afternoon.

Visited January 2014
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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111 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Doesn't sound like a good place to spend the day...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

But you'll be surprised. Good access, lots of wildlife. Birding opportunities during migration are excellent. Go commune with nature. :p

Visited August 2013
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