• Paddle for the Border 2023

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    Name: Paddle for the Border 2023
    Date: May 6, 2023
    Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
    Event Description:
    This annual event celebrates the canal’s rich history, which dates to 1763 when George Washington’s land company first surveyed the swamp before commissioning the waterway’s construction. In the 19th century, the canal’s dense wetlands provided refuge for those enslaved traveling the Underground Railroad before continuing their journey north. The fee is $55 per person. After enjoying a pre-launch “grab-and-go” breakfast at the Dismal Swamp State Park, in South Mills, NC, paddlers embark on the leisurely three-hour journey to cross the state line. They finish the day out with a picnic lunch on grounds of the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail at the Great Dismal Swamp Boat Ramp at Ballahack Rd. in Chesapeake, VA.
    Dismal Swamp State Park 2294 US Hwy 17 N South Mills, NC 27976
    Date/Time Information:
    05-06-2023 8am to 1pm
    Contact Information:
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center 2356 US Hwy 17 N South Mills, NC 27976 252-771-8333
    $55 per person (includes light breakfast, a hat OR tshirt, picnic lunch, and a self paced 7.5 mile paddle from NC to VA
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