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PARK CLOSING FOR CONSTRUCTION   

Dismal Swamp State Park will CLOSE on June 14 for extensive repairs to the bridge that allows entrance to the park. Repairs are expected to take six months. The park will remain CLOSED for the duration of the construction project. Visitors may still access the main canal, a Federal waterway, via the boat launch at the end of Ballahack Road or at Swayers Creek in Camden.

The canoe and kayak launch will also be repaired during the project. It will not be safe for visitors to access the launch site as it is too close to the heavy equipment that will be in place for bridge repairs. A 90-ton crane and several tractor-trailers will be used during construction.

Updates will be posted here as work progresses.

 Last updated on: Thursday, June 10, 2021

No rentals available at this time   

There are no bike or boat rentals available at the park at this time.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 28, 2021


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.