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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.


Supplies to make a pine-cone turkey to adorn your holiday table will be set up for you to make with your children (or for yourself!) at your leisure daily during our normal Visitor Center operating hours of 8 am-4:30 pm. Then take a hike and search for some live wild turkeys!

Date of Event:
Wed, 11/22/2017 - 8:00am to Sun, 11/26/2017 - 4:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Lobby

Ring in the New Year at the Dismal Swamp! Get a jump start on your 100-Mile Challenge for 2018, and enjoy some fresh air. We'll provide hot chocolate and cookies afterward!

Date of Event:
Mon, 01/01/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Dismal Swamp State Park

2294 US 17 North
South MillsNC 27976
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.