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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
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
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
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
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
Blaze:
brown "KS" markers every mile

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

252-771-6593
dismal.swamp@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 36.505700, -76.355100
 

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.