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Dismal Swamp or Virginia Cut
I went down the VA and up the Dismal... the Swamp route is certainly less trafficked, less well maintained, shallower, and has less conveniences, but is definitely more beautiful and more historical... the lock keeper at South Mills lock knew a lot of the history of the area and was very willing to share it (for instance, up until the end of WWII a small lake in the swamp was the official source of casked water for the US Navy)
I agree with the previous posts - if your draft is shallow enough, the Swamp route is well worth it - a note, though - the locks only cycle twice a day (like 8:30am and 3:30pm) - we spent a night anchored next to each lock, having missed the cycle time by less than an hour both times.