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PARK CLOSING FOR CONSTRUCTION   

Dismal Swamp State Park will CLOSE on June 14 for extensive repairs to the bridge that allows entrance to the park. Repairs are expected to take six months. The park will remain CLOSED for the duration of the construction project. Visitors may still access the main canal, a Federal waterway, via the boat launch at the end of Ballahack Road or at Swayers Creek in Camden.

The canoe and kayak launch will also be repaired during the project. It will not be safe for visitors to access the launch site as it is too close to the heavy equipment that will be in place for bridge repairs. A 90-ton crane and several tractor-trailers will be used during construction.

Updates will be posted here as work progresses.

 Last updated on: Thursday, June 10, 2021

No rentals available at this time   

There are no bike or boat rentals available at the park at this time.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 28, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Dismal Swamp State Park


Contact the park
 

252-771-6593

dismal.swamp@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

2294 U.S. 17 N.
South Mills, NC 27976

GPS: 36.5057, -76.3551
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • March to October:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • Trails close 30 minutes before park closing time.
     

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  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 4:30pm
     
  • Saturday to Sunday:
    9:30am to 4:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Additional information

There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

Bike Rental

Bikes can be rented at the Visitor Center. Fees are $7 per hour.

Boat Rental

Kayaks and canoes can be rented at the Visitor Center. Fees are $7 per hour.

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.

 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.