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6th Annual Dismal Day and 5K Family Fun Run

Paddle for the Border festival at Dismal Swamp State Park
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6th Annual Dismal Day and 5K Family Fun Run

Join us for our 6th annual Dismal Day!  Runners/walkers can check in as early as 8:30 am, and the run starts at 9 am. A limited number of commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase at $5/each.

Then stay for the festival events from 10 am-2 pm including craft vendors, food, live music, cultural exhibits, bounce house, chalk art contest, pontoon boat rides on the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, wagon rides, face painting, scavenger hunt, and much more! Raptors, reptiles, and other live animals will be on display. This year's theme is FISH!

*The park is also seeking volunteers to help with this event! Call 252-771-6593 for more information.*

  • Dismal Day is free and fun for everyone!
Date of Event: 
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:30am to 2:00pm
Start Location: 
Park Grounds and 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.