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Current status of park facilities   

Trails at Dismal Swamp State Park are open. The NCDOT restroom at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center/NCDOT rest stop is open. All other restrooms are closed. Trails close at 5:30pm and the park closes at 6:00pm. 

The visitor center also remains closed.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Dismal Swamp State Park


Contact the park
 

252-771-6593

dismal.swamp@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

2294 U.S. 17 N.
South Mills, NC 27976

GPS: 36.5057, -76.3551
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • March to October:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • Trails close 30 minutes before park closing time.
     

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  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 4:30pm
     
  • Saturday to Sunday:
    9:30am to 4:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Canoeing

Glide along the amber colored waters of the historic Dismal Swamp Canal in your own canoe or kayak. A boat ramp near the parking area gives access to the canal waters. Don't forget your life vests!

Or rent a canoe or kayak from the park. One and two person kayaks are available. See the Fees/FAQS/Rules page for rental information.

Fishing

Fishing is available at Dismal Swamp State Park; there are plenty of fresh water fish, especially in warmer weather. State fishing licenses are required and the rules of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Marine Fisheries apply.

Picnicking

A picnic is a great way to enjoy a day out-of-doors.