Great Dismal Swamp (Underground Railroad)
This mighty bastion of wildlife, from bears to biting insects, now stands a fraction of its original size. The swamp captured the public’s imagination as a waystation on the Underground Railroad, and a pavilion dedicated to it stands 3/4 of a mile down the road. Recent archaeological excavations now show that self-emancipated slaves created communities here as early as 1680. Dodging snakes and slave catchers, these people lived on high ground. After visiting the pavilion, drive five miles through the marshes and trees to Virginia’s largest lake.
Image: Logan Kline/USFWS