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Events and Programs

Dismal Swamp State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Join us at the Dismal Swamp State Park for a Statewide Star Party event! The Swamp offers one of the darker places in the area to observe the stars. Pre-registration is required for this program--call the park office at 252-771-6593 to sign up.
Rain date Saturday, 21 April 2018, same place, same time. Event will be held indoors if the rain date is also rained out!

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/20/2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Parking Lot

Attention, ladies! New to hiking or looking for other women to share hiking experiences with you? Come out for a women's hike as part of a statewide initiative and the 10K Women Trail Project.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/21/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take a ride aboard the open-air Dismal Swamp Express and enjoy the scenery along Canal Road along with the spring weather! With stops at the liquor still and lighter boat replicas, you'll learn about the Swamp's colorful past and how it came to be a park. Wildlife sightings are also possible!
The ride covers just over two miles and usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour. First come, first served--wagon seats 15-20 comfortably. In case of a large crowd, a second run may be made if staffing allows.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun May 27 2018.
Sun, 04/01/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/08/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/15/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/29/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/06/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take a ride aboard the open-air Dismal Swamp Express and enjoy the scenery along Canal Road along with the spring weather! With stops at the liquor still and lighter boat replicas, you'll learn about the Swamp's colorful past and how it came to be a park. Wildlife sightings are also possible!
The ride covers just over two miles and usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour. First come, first served--wagon seats 15-20 comfortably. In case of a large crowd, a second run may be made if staffing allows.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun May 27 2018 except Sun May 13 2018.
Sun, 04/01/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 04/08/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 04/15/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 04/22/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 04/29/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 05/06/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 05/20/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 05/27/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Take a ride aboard the open-air Dismal Swamp Express and enjoy the scenery along Canal Road along with the spring weather! With stops at the liquor still and lighter boat replicas, you'll learn about the Swamp's colorful past and how it came to be a park. Wildlife sightings are also possible!
The ride covers just over two miles and usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour. First come, first served--wagon seats 15-20 comfortably. In case of a large crowd, a second run may be made if staffing allows.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/01/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/08/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/15/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/29/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/06/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
Contact:

Dismal Swamp State Park

2294 US 17 North
South MillsNC 27976
Phone252-771-6593
dismal.swamp@ncparks.gov
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.