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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.


Join the ranger for a leisurely paddle along the scenic Dismal Swamp Canal. Look for wildlife while learning about the park’s history. Free, but you must reserve your place! Call the office to sign up.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/20/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Boat Launch

Join us for some fun and free kid-friendly activities to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/27/2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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



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GPS: 36.505700, -76.355100

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.