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Upcoming Events:

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 11:00am
Trails

There are 16.7 miles of former logging roads for hiking and mountain biking through the swamp forest.

Bring your bike or rent one from the park. Men's, women's and children's bikes are available, as well as helmets. 

 

Bull Boulevard
Location: Begins at the southern end of Forest Line Road
Description: Bull Boulevard is a quiet, grassy road deep in the swamp, where a few cypress and cedar trees grow. You are likely to find bear sign, wood ducks, and otters.
Point of Interest: Park staff and volunteers planted 10,000 Atlantic White-Cedar seedlings along this trail in 2013.
Length:
2.25 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
none
Bull Boulevard at Dismal Swamp State Park
Surface: Natural surface
Canal Road
Location: Begins at the Visitor Center
Description: With its sandy surface, the trail is a great place to observe animal crossings.
Point of Interest: A replica liquor still is located 0.25 miles up the road, near the first Supple-jack Trail junction. An example of a lighter boat can be found near Cross Canal, about 0.7 miles up the road.
Length:
2.20 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
brown "CR" markers every half-mile
Canal Road Trail at Dismal Swamp State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Sand, Gravel
Corapeake Road
Location: Begins at the northern end of South Martha Washington Trail
Description: The trail runs just south of the NC/VA state line, cutting west across the park. You can see abundant pocosin habitat along Corapeake. Common species include bay and gallberry.
Point of Interest: At the intersection of Forest Line and Corapeake, you can observe the effects of the 2011 wildfire, which burned for 111 days.
Length:
4.80 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
none
Corapeake Road at Dismal Swamp State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Forest Line Road
Location: Runs north-south along the western boundary of park; accessed from Kim Saunders or Corapeake Roads
Description: This mostly gravel trail is deep in the Swamp, with shoulders dotted with Atlantic White-Cedar trees. Black bear and otter are frequently seen here, along with herons, ducks, and the occasional bald eagle.
Point of Interest: The site of the 2011 fire can be observed from the corner of Forest Line and Corapeake Roads.
Length:
2.30 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
none
Forest Line Road at Dismal Swamp State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Sand, Gravel
Kim Saunders Road
Location: Begins at the northern end of Canal Road
Description: This trail runs west, nearly straight across the park, from its intersection with Canal Road. Black bear, turkey, bobcat, and butterflies may be seen here. Birders will enjoy the trail for the many warblers frequenting the woods along either side.
Point of Interest: Bear tend to prefer the western end of the trail (past mile 3).
Length:
5.40 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
brown "KS" markers every mile
Kim Saunders Road at Dismal Swamp State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
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.