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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 guided paddle along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal and beat the heat! Everything you need—kayak, paddle, PFD, and instruction—will be provided. You must pre-register by calling the office to reserve your spot.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/23/2018 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Boat Launch

Take a shaded walk along the beautiful Boardwalk with the park ranger. Look for birds and other wildlife and discover some of what the Swamp has to offer.

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/24/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Dismal Swamp State Park

2294 US 17 North
South MillsNC 27976
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.