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Paddle for the Border festival at Dismal Swamp State Park
Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Trails at Dismal Swamp State Park are open. The NCDOT restroom at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center/NCDOT rest stop is open. All other restrooms are closed. Trails close at 5:30pm and the park closes at 6:00pm. 

The visitor center also remains closed.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020


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