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Black Bear Trail - A Kids in Parks Trail

  • 3457 Martin Johnson Road, Chesapeake, VA 23323


The TRACK Trail at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a 1.5-mile trail that follows the Black Bear Trail to Wood Duck Loop. The lands of the Refuge were the traditional hunting grounds of several groups of Indigenous people, including the Nansemond Tribe. Today, the refuge protects the unique pocosin forest ecosystem of the Great Dismal Swamp. As you walk the trail, you will see a landscape different than the one Indigenous people walked through, but equally important for wildlife. Look for pond pines, black bear, switch cane, and a diverse array of other plant and animal life