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.
Bikes can be rented at the Visitor Center. Fees are $5 per hour.
Kayaks and canoes can be rented at the Visitor Center. Fees are $5 per hour.
Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit ($35 fee). 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 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.
Dismal Swamp State Park
March - October: 8am - 6pm
November - February: 8am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Day
Weekdays: 8am - 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Trails close one-half hour before park closing time.