Part of the allure here is giving your visitors the opportunity to return home and boast that they penetrated the Great Dismal Swamp, an area so wild it befuddled many an early-day explorer. There’s also a unique serenity here, wandering the various “ditches” that attempted to tame this 112,000-acre forested wetland. Download the NWR trail map, pick a ditch and hike.


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