In early spring hundreds of paddlers launch their vessels into the Dismal Swamp Canal’s dark, mirrored waters. This historic waterway serves as the backdrop for Paddle for the Border, an annual 7.5-mile paddling excursion to the North Carolina/Virginia border.
This 15th 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 slaves traveling the Underground Railroad before continuing their journey north.
After enjoying a traditional pre-launch 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.
Interested in participating? Like spring’s arrival, enthusiasm for Paddle for the Border begins building early. Registration opens January 2, 2018. The event is limited to the first 300 participants and fills up quickly due to its popularity.
Open Registration: January 2-April 6, 2018 (Online, Walk In or Drop Off, Mail)
Late Registration: April 7, 2018-Until Full (Online Only: add $10 Late Fee)
For information or to obtain registration packets in advance call 1-877-771-8333.
Paddle 2018 Brochure…Coming Soon!!
33, 62, 100 mile rides.
Register online at Active.com!
New Routes with Great Scenery
Same Excellent Support – SAG
The Very BEST Food Stops Ever
Start: sweet potato ham biscuits, banana bread, coffee, ice and water
SAG 1: famous deviled eggs, etc.
SAG 2: PBJ’s, etc.
SAG 3: fruit smoothies, to-the-finish treats, etc
Finish: hot dogs and drinks…
After the Ride: Massages and Showers Available
Please come join us in Camden County,North Carolina for a day of cycling to help support men and women and their families who are currently serving or have recently served in the United States Armed Forces and are enduring financial hardships. Century and Half Century Rides. First Saturday in October. Camden County Library, 104 Investor’s Way, Camden, NC 27921 *Update: NC Heroes Fund Cycle Camden County canceled for 2017.
Join the Dismal Swamp State Park for their 5th annual Dismal Day! The first 100 Fun Run/Walk participants to sign up get a free t-shirt! Runners/walkers can check in as early as 8:30 am, and the run starts at 9:30 am. Then stay for the festival events from 10 am-2 pm including craft vendors, food, live music, cultural exhibits, bounce house, chalk art contest, pontoon boat rides on the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, wagon rides, face painting, scavenger hunt, and much more!
Camden Woman’s Club will be sponsoring their 32nd annual Holly Days Craft and Gift Show
The event will be held at Camden Intermediate School, Hwy 343 North, Camden, NC.
There will be gifts and crafts for everyone on your Christmas list including toys, crafts, jewelry, pottery, art and home décor. Concessions will be provided by Ebenezer Baptist Church. Admission is $4 for Adults ($3 with canned food donation), $2 for Senior Citizens and students. Children under 5 are admitted free.
Saturday, November 4th, 2017 – 10am to 5pm
Sunday, November 5th, 2017 – 11am to 4pm
Proceeds will fund the students’ scholarships, teachers’ grants, Christmas for area families and residential homes. Contact Beth Sawyer on Camden Women’s Club Facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.