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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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  • Weekdays:
    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

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 2:00pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:00am
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am