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Paddle for the Border
Paddle the historic Dismal Swamp Canal between South Mills, NC & Chesapeake, VA.
You must pre-register. Event fills quickly.
(Registration opens January 2, 2020)
Paddle on the Dismal Swamp Canal, adjacent to the Great Dismal Swamp — “a unique and mysterious place” — charted by George Washington's survey company in 1763. Paddlers push off into the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail and navigate their own canoes or kayaks, from South Mills, NC, to Chesapeake along the DSCT, joining other paddlers for a picnic lunch.
- Event Pictures
- Download a map of the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
- Download a brochure depicting a map of the PADDLE route and interesting facts about the area.
Want to participate but need a boat?
Northwest River Park has single or double, sit-on type kayaks for rent. You can now reserve your kayak online as part of your Paddle for the Border registration. Kayaks are delivered to site and picked-up, day of Paddle. Limited quantities. Call 757-382-1318 for more information or questions.
(Call for info)
- Adventure Kayak Tours, 757-237-8776
- Chesapeake Campground, 757-485-0149
- Ocean Rentals, 757-721-6210 (bulk only)
- Dismal Swamp State Park, NC, 252-771-6592
If you need hotel accommodations or want more information on Chesapeake, please visit www.visitchesapeake.com
In North Carolina: Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
In Virginia: Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Quotes from Participants
Thank you for your wonderful handling and organization of the Paddle to the Border event. I was so glad that I finally had a chance to participate in it. Well done to all the employees and volunteers.
James M. Seagraves
Newport News, VA
Dear Paddle for the Border organizers, staff and volunteers,
We would like to say thank you for the most well organized and friendly event we have ever attended. The day was glorious, the scenery was spectacular, staff and volunteers all had a 'can do' approach, the food was phenomenal, and everyone was so helpful. We had a wonderful time - and were so thankful for the two Dismal Swamp State Park Old Town rental kayaks. We're proud to wear our Paddle for the Border t-shirts and hats. Thanks to ALL for an unforgettable event.
Lonnie and Dave Schorer
I would like to thank everyone who help put this together...what a coordination, not only two cities but different states as well.. This was my first time but best bet it will not be my last... The whole thing worked like it was supposed to and I think everyone had a great time, I know the four of us did. Many thanks for the efforts.
Montey R Eldridge