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First Day of Fall Float (Sunset Paddle)

Dismal Swamp State Park
Date of Event: 
Thu, 09/20/2018 - 6:30pm

This event will be a special after-hours paddle trip to celebrate the start of cooler weather! (Yes, we know we are just a couple days early.) We’ll watch the sun set over the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Everything you need—boat, paddle, PFD, and basic instruction—will be provided. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER. Hurry, this event will likely fill up fast!

Pack Walk

Dismal Swamp State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 10/06/2018 - 11:00am

This will be a hike that goes to the dogs! Enjoy a leisurely hike with other dog lovers. Meet on the west (park side) of the bridge.
*One dog ONLY per handler.
*No retractable/flexi-leads.

Fall Wagon Ride (Morning)

Dismal Swamp State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 09/23/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 09/30/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 10/07/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 10/14/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 10/21/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 10/28/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 11/04/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 11/11/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 11/18/2018 - 11:00am
Sun, 11/25/2018 - 11:00am

Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park's liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting birds or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fall Wagon Ride (Afternoon)

Dismal Swamp State Park
Date of Event: 
Sun, 09/23/2018 - 2:00pm
Sun, 09/30/2018 - 2:00pm
Sun, 10/07/2018 - 2:00pm
Sun, 10/14/2018 - 2:00pm
Sun, 10/21/2018 - 2:00pm
Sun, 10/28/2018 - 2:00pm
Sun, 11/04/2018 - 2:00pm
Sun, 11/11/2018 - 2:00pm
Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:00pm
Sun, 11/25/2018 - 2:00pm

Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park's liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting birds or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fall Walking Wagon Adventure

Dismal Swamp State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:00am

It's fall, and the leaves are changing! We'll take the open-air Dismal Swamp Express wagon out to the end of Canal Road and then follow the S Martha Washington Trail on foot. You'll be able to see the park's two largest water control structures. Wagon portion will be about 4.5 miles total, and the hiking portion will be about 2 miles total.

National Public Lands Day Paddle

Dismal Swamp State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 10:00am

Today is National Public Lands Day! Celebrate by enjoying your local park. Take a leisurely guided paddle trip along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Look for birds, turtles, and other wildlife along the way. Limited number of boats available- you must pre-register by calling the office to reserve your spot.

Winter Tree ID

Dismal Swamp State Park
Date of Event: 
Sat, 02/24/2018 - 2:00pm

If you would like to learn how to identify tricky winter trees, come to this workshop to find out what other clues you can use to find out which tree is which!
**Dress for the weather—we will go outside for about 30 minutes!**