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Explore by highway or waterway!

If you peer into the still, mirrored waters of the Dismal Swamp Canal, you may see a brief glimpse of the historic Waterway’s colorful past.  Indians, Civil War Soldiers and runaway freedom seekers each have their own story to share. The vast Dismal Swamp, once covering over a million acres, is still a large, complex, beautiful natural area with many reasons to visit.

Today we are able to explore its secrets, without the hardships endured by the early American pioneers that sought to tame it. The Dismal Swamp State Park and Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge are home to one of the largest Black Bear populations on the East Coast, subtropical birds, butterflies, bobcats and white-tailed deer. It is easily understood why this land deserves our protection, offering a wealth of history and lore, flora and fauna. Trails, exhibits, Ranger led programs and interpretive signage will add to your experience.  Let’s begin your journey!

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