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Paddle for the Border festival at Dismal Swamp State Park
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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.

 

Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a 2-mile round trip, narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park's liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting birds or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first come, first served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 in advance. Insect repellent is recommended. Bring snacks and water if you want them.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/30/2017 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a 2-mile round trip, narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park's liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting birds or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first come, first served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 in advance. Insect repellent is recommended. Bring snacks and water if you want them.

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/30/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Coastal North Carolina is a major breeding spot for neo-tropical migratory birds. These birds winter in Central and South America, and breed and make their summer home in this area. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Dismal Swamp State Park are offering a class where we will identify these well-traveled birds, as well as resident birds by sight and sound. It is open to the public ages 16 and up, and is free of charge.

This event will take place at Dismal Swamp State Park on May 4th from 9:00-1:00.
For more information or to register, contact the office at 252-771-6593 or email katie.sanford@ncparks.gov.

Date of Event:
Thu, 05/04/2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us and our co-sponsors for the annual Paddle for the Border! Spend this Saturday morning paddling along 7.5 miles of the beatiful Dismal Swamp Canal from South Mills, NC to Chesapeake, VA. Lunch is served at the conclusion of the paddle. Registration is now open and usually fills up fast! Visit http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/City-Departments/Departments/... to sign up.

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 8:00am
Start Location:
State Park Boat Launch, South Mills

Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a 2-mile round trip, narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park's liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting birds or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first come, first served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 in advance. Insect repellent is recommended. Bring snacks and water if you want them.

Date of Event:
Sun, 05/07/2017 - 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.