Bird Watching

The Dismal Swamp State Park offers a wide array of recreational opportunities such as butterfly watching, birding, hiking, canoeing and kayaking.

The boardwalk located behind the visitor center is an excellent place to get a taste of the birds that make the Dismal Swamp their home. Canal Road, which runs parallel to the Dismal Swamp Canal, is another good location.

If you are more adventurous, travel down the Kim Saunders Trail (approximately 5 miles in length) to one of the few remaining Atlantic White Cedar stands left in the east. Over 100 species of birds have been identified by park staff in the last year.

For a list of the birds one might see along the canal, and in the area, visit or download a copy of the Bird List: