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Dismal Swamp State Park is now open. Please exercise caution during your visit as park staff work on clearing debris.

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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 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:
Repeats every week until Sun Nov 25 2018.
Sun, 09/23/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 09/30/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 10/07/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 10/14/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 10/21/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 10/28/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 11/04/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 11/11/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 11/18/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 11/25/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a 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:
Repeats every week until Sun Nov 25 2018.
Sun, 09/23/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 09/30/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 10/07/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 10/14/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 10/21/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 10/28/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 11/04/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 11/11/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 11/18/2018 - 2:00pm, Sun, 11/25/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This week is Take a Child Outside Week! Exposing young children to nature has many benefits for them (and for the adult who accompanies them). Learn more about this event at https://takeachildoutside.org/

While visiting the park, be sure to check out the park's activity box for some fun things to try while you and your child explore the Boardwalk and other trails. Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet, and earn a badge. Hike, bike, or paddle as you enjoy nature and the fall weather together.

**Ranger-led paddle program on Saturday 9/29 at 10 am- call the office to sign up (pre-registration required in order to attend. Space is limited**

Date of Event:
Mon, 09/24/2018 - 8:00am to Sun, 09/30/2018 - 5:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Today is National Public Lands Day! Celebrate by enjoying your local park. Take a leisurely guided paddle trip along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Look for birds, turtles, and other wildlife along the way. Limited number of boats available- you must pre-register by calling the office to reserve your spot.

Date of Event:
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Boat Launch

Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a 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, 09/23/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 09/30/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 10/07/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 10/14/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 10/21/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 10/28/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 11/04/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 11/11/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 11/18/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 11/25/2018 - 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

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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.