Enjoy a two night getaway in Coastal Virginia! With over 22 miles of wave- and wind-free water, locals and visitors consider Chesapeake Waterways one of the best kayaking spots in the country. An exceptional hiking experience awaits you at Northwest River Park with 763 acres of breathtaking parkland.
- Kayaking the peaceful Dismal Swamp along the tall cypress trees
- Experience the breathtaking birding and other wildlife
- Hike, bike, paddle boats and canoe at Northwest River Park
- Your tour guide will be Adventure Kayak Tours they are a mobile kayak tour and rental outfitter that offers flexible scheduling
Outfitters and Guides
- Adventure Kayak Tours supplies kayak, paddle, PFD/life vest, basic instructions before launch and photography (tour photos are free to download and share
- Sunrise to sunset paddles, fishing/geocaching adventures and night paddles
- Guided camping adventures (October – May)
- Hiking maps, canoes, bicycles and pedal boats available at Northwest River Park
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel or campsite and get ready to get your paddle on with Adventure Kayak Tours for the day. Paddle the Great Dismal Swamp Canal to the Feeder Ditch all the way enjoying the dense cypress swamp mostly untouched by humans. Experience the tall towering breathtaking cypress trees providing shelter from the wind in this perfect location for beginners and experienced paddlers. Enjoy abundant wildlife with beautiful osprey, great blue herons, wild turkeys, owls and green herons are often seen, along with whitetail deer, river otters and turtles.
When you reach the Spillway you will pull up the boats and take a break for lunch/snack. Enjoy the sounds of complete nature. After we pull the boats into the other side of the Spillway, Lake Drummond greets you at the end of the canal. Lake Drummond is a majesty all of its own.
Enjoy dinner back at the campground or one of many delicious restaurants in town. If you are truly an avid paddler perhaps you might like to sign up for a unique experience in the beautiful waterways of Coastal Virginia under starlight/moonlight. Search for shooting stars, find constellations, and look for planets. This two hour tour allows the opportunity to enjoy some of the most picturesque sunsets and wide open night skies in Coastal Virginia. Advanced reservations required.
Eat a healthy high protein breakfast to gather all your energy for yet another fun filled day. Northwest River Park offers 763 acres of breathtaking parkland with the seven-trail system totaling nearly 8 miles - it's the perfect setting for hiking.
Get ready for an energizing hike that will take you all throughout the park. You will have the opportunity to see Lake Lesa which is stocked with bass, trout and catfish just in case you feel like trying some fishing out later on in the day. This hike is on flat terrain that will take you all throughout many parts of the park with some magnificent views and the birding is phenomenal, so don’t forget your binoculars. In the spring and summer you'll see blue birds, pee wees and more. In the fall and winter, you'll see fox sparrows, song sparrows and dark-eyed junkos. At any time you might see assorted hawks, merlins and even a bald eagle. It's all part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy under one of our many shelters. The park also offers bicycles, paddle boats, kayaks and canoes for rent.After you return from your day's experience the Park Rangers can answer any questions you may have on the lake or any of the wildlife.
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