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Paddle for the Border festival at Dismal Swamp State Park
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
     

 

 

 

List of 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.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.25 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
none

Canal Road
Location: Begins at the Visitor Center

Description:

With its sandy surface, the trail is a great place to observe animal crossings.


Surface: natural surface, sand, gravel

Length:
2.20 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
brown "CR" markers every half-mile

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.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
4.80 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
none

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.


Surface: natural surface, sand, gravel

Length:
2.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
none

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.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
5.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
brown "KS" markers every mile