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Do Drummond! (It's easier than you think)


Whoever named the Great Dismal Swamp was misguided, or just never made the effort to get to its beautiful heart. Lake Drummond is among the most secluded, most spectacular wild places that you can still visit on the Eastern Seaboard. The only way to get there is by a non-gasoline powered boat, so you have to make a little bit of an effort to see it (which is a good thing, because not many people do, and so your efforts are rewarded with a seclusion and a quietude that is remarkable for a place located so close to Chesapeake, Virginia). We used kayaks and packed a fabulous lunch, which was great because the Army Corps of Engineers provides a beautiful, well-maintained campground near the edge of the lake. They even have a railway trolley to help you pull your kayak from the feeder ditch.


3825 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
Chesapeake, VA 23322
United States
36° 36' 7.272" N, 76° 22' 51.4308" W
Cost Description: 
Totally free and totally fun.
Age Description: 
Your teens would probably like it too. It can be a bit of a slog paddling down the feeder ditch to the lake, so toddlers would probably start getting fussy.
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cahoonin's picture

"A little bit of an effort" is a little bit of an understatement. There is probably a 4-knot current coming from the Corps of Engineers causeway that you have to fight before you can get to the lake. While this place is very beautiful and worth seeing with your own eyes, you do have to make a "lot of effort" to get there, IMHO.

ellie's picture

Thank you for your writing and pretty photos. I'm in my 50s and would normally be too intimidated to try this out, but I am definitely putting this on my list come spring time. Great writeup thanks.