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Dismal Swamp State Park

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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:30am
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 2:00pm

The Visitor Center and Boardwalk have re-opened, but parts of some trails remain closed. Check with a staff member for current conditions before hiking or biking!

 Posted on: Monday, October 17, 2016 - 12:22pm

Dismal Swamp State Park

Dismal Swamp State Park allows a unique wilderness experience in a landscape that has been witness to American Indian hunting parties, exploration by George Washington and the story of the Underground Railroad. The park features 20 miles of trails, beyond a 2,000-foot boardwalk that puts visitors in the midst of the Great Dismal Swamp. Birding and viewing abundant wildlife are favored activities. Mountain biking on the trails and kayaking the adjacent Dismal Swamp Canal are both encouraged. Visitors may bring their own equipment or rent at the park. Regular interpretive programs about the wetlands ecology and history of the famed swamp complement museum-quality exhibits in the visitor center.


Nearby Attractions
Museum of the Ablemarle
Historic Edenton


Dismal Swamp State Park

2294 US 17 North
South MillsNC 27976
Latitude: 36.505700
Longitude: -76.355100

Park Hours:

March - October: 8am - 6pm 
November - February: 8am - 5pm 
Closed Christmas Day

Visitor Center
Weekdays: 8am - 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Trails close one-half hour before park closing time.