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
Contact the park
2294 U.S. 17 N.
South Mills, NC 27976
GPS: 36.5057, -76.3551
- 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.
- 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.
This trail runs north from Kim Saunders to Corapeake. From there you can continue west further into the park or turn east and visit the water control structures near the park’s eastern boundary. Black bear and bobcat frequent this area.
Beginning just a few hundred feet beyond the end of Canal Road, this is the fastest way to reach the water control structures, located near the junction of Corapeake and S Martha Washington. This trail is the park's newest, and connects Kim Saunders and Corapeake.
This hiking-only trail winds through dense vegetation and connects to Canal Road. You will often see deer, birds, frogs, toads, or snakes here.
You can get a feel for the Swamp without getting your feet wet! The Boardwalk offers a surprising amount of wildlife, including frogs, turtles, snakes, birds, and even the occasional bear or bobcat. Learn more about plants and wildlife you see from the interpretive panels found along the loop.
The Dismal Swamp State Park TRACK Trail also follows the Swamp Boardwalk, an accessible half-mile loop.
The trail runs north to connect Kim Saunders to Corapeake Road, further west than S Martha Washington and Laurel. It's a six-mile hike to reach Western Boundary Trail from the visitor center.