The Dismal Swamp Canal features two locks, several free docks, and is known for its peaceful scenes. The Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, Dismal Swamp State Park and Dismal Swamp Canal are all recognized with the distinction as being a designated site on the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Boats today follow the same course as James Adams’ Floating Theatre, which inspired Edna Ferber to write “Showboat.”
It is a beautiful, unspoiled waterway and one of the prettiest on the whole ICW, while also offering the considerable benefit of being easier to transit compared to the narrow, busy, and frequently wind-driven Virginia Cut.
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