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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 historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Everything you need--kayak, paddle, and PFD--along with instruction, will be provided. Don't forget that paddling miles count for your NC 100 Mile Challenge!

*Program is weather-dependent, since early March can be unpredictable. Limited to 8 boats, so you MUST pre-register by calling the office at 252-771-6593.*

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Boat Launch

Celebrate Dismal Swamp's 10th Anniversary with a 10K run! Join Ranger Joe for a trip to the S Martha Washington water control structures and back. Add some more miles to your NC 100 Mile Challenge log.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/10/2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Dismal Swamp State Park is turning 10 years old this year! That's right...we've been around for a decade already. Come out and join us for a hike to celebrate. Learn a bit of park history and log some miles for your NC 100 Mile Challenge.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

It's the first day of spring! Experience the Equinox with an after-hours sunset paddle along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. You'll learn a little bit about the equinox and also some park history, because tomorrow is Dismal Swamp's 10th birthday! Don't forget that paddling miles count for your NC 100 Mile Challenge.

*Spots are limited for this program, so you MUST pre-register by calling the office at 252-771-6593.*

Date of Event:
Tue, 03/20/2018 - 6:00pm
Start Location:
Boat Launch

Take a ride aboard the open-air Dismal Swamp Express and enjoy the scenery along Canal Road along with the spring weather! With stops at the liquor still and lighter boat replicas, you'll learn about the Swamp's colorful past and how it came to be a park. Wildlife sightings are also possible!
The ride covers just over two miles and usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour. First come, first served--wagon seats 15-20 comfortably. In case of a large crowd, a second run may be made if staffing allows.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun May 27 2018.
Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/01/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/08/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/15/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 04/29/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/06/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:00am, Sun, 05/27/2018 - 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

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.