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Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

  • 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake, VA 23322
  • Phone: (757) 382-6411


Formerly US Route 17, this multi-purpose linear trail accommodates horse owners, bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and boat owners. It runs 8.5 miles adjacent to the Dismal Swamp Canal and threads through some of the most uniquely historical and ecologically significant habitats in the United States. The Ballahack Road/Great Dismal Swamp Boat ramp provides easy access to launch your small boat, canoe, or kayak. An outdoor recreation playground for serious and casual outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the trail is home to the annual Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival and Paddle for the Border. Open sunrise to sunset.

For the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail Map, please click here.


NOTICE - Dismal Swamp Canal Boat/Kayak Launches CLOSED Indefinitely.

"NORFOLK, Va. - Officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced that the Dismal Swamp Canal will be CLOSED indefinitely. The canal, which was closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in October, requires dredging, debris and tree removal, and an investigation into reports of shoaling at various locations in the canal."


General Amenities
  • Free Parking:
  • Handicap Accessible:
  • Motorcoach Parking:
Sports & Rec Amenities
  • Parking:
    • Adequate
  • Walking/Running Trail: