Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CSC05A: Dismal Swamp Canal Trail


With 8.5 miles of converted road bed, this multi-use trail allows people of all abilities to explore the wildlife of the Great Dismal Swamp. Running alongside the Dismal Swamp Canal and bordering both Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Cavalier Wildlife Management Area-Dismal Swamp Tract-this trail offers a variety of habitats in an easily accessible setting. Bird life abounds as well as butterflies and dragonflies. Bear, bobcat, and otter frequent this area. Keep an eye out for any of the numerous reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the swamp. Abutting the single largest tract of land in the region-this trail provides a variety of wonderful wildlfie viewing opportunities.


From A Place for Girls - Nellie Hayse Site head west on SR 165/Cedar Road and follow it for approximately 2.0 miles. Turn left (south) onto Dominion Blvd. and follow it for approximately 4.0 miles. Turn right onto South US 17 Business/George Washington Hwy. Travel .75 miles and turn left into Dismal Swamp Canal Trail North Parking Area. To reach the Southern Trail Head return to US 17 Business/George Washington Hwy and turn right (south). Continue on US 17 for 6.7 miles to Ballahack Road. Turn right on Ballahack Road and enter the South Parking Area. After visiting the site, turn right onto US 17 Business/George Washington Hwy. Follow this road to US 17 North and continue to I-64.

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