Boasting some of the best weather in the state, the Chesapeake region won’t disappoint when you’re looking to enjoy some time outside. Home to a large portion of the 167-square-mile Great Dismal Swamp, 3,000 acres of Lake Drummond’s inky surface, and stands of old growth forests - this place is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. Trails that follow canals, bridges that span brackish lowlands, and quaint neighborhoods with a coastal feel will show you a side of Virginia that you never knew.
“Hiking and trail running at Northwest River Park is a high adventure in a low elevation town. I like getting my shoes muddy here on the 6-mile outer loop around the park. It’s the best glimpse of the river’s wilderness you can get on two feet.”
"Kayaking in Chesapeake provides the unique opportunity to take a step back in time. Witnessing first-hand the sights and sounds of an ancient eco-environment. Once spanning over 1 million acres, these Cypress swamps have harbored human cultures for over 13,000 years. Tracing the steps of George Washington in The Great Dismal Swamp should be "must do" on any adventurer's bucket list. Endless miles of historic, awe-inspiring waterways is the reason Chesapeake is Coastal Virginia's premier kayak destination."
“Kayaking and canoeing on Smith’s Creek and the Northwest River is the close to home wilderness experience that I seek out each spring. I like putting in at the Baum Road launch, part of Northwest River Park, for the 1.5-mile paddle to the river. This unspoiled river runs for miles west and south with little human development and lots to explore.”