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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. 

 

Laurel Trail
Location: Begins near mile 2 of Kim Saunders Road
Description:

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.

Point of Interest: A water control structure built in summer 2015 is located at the intersection of Laurel and Kim Saunders.
Length:
1.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
none
Laurel Trail at Dismal Swamp State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Sand, Gravel
S Martha Washington Trail
Location: Begins less than 0.1 miles west of Kim Saunders trailhead
Description:

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.

Point of Interest: The trail crosses over the South Martha Washington Ditch via a catwalk on the smaller of the two water control structures.
Length:
1.20 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
none
South Martha Washington Trail at Dismal Swamp State Park
Surface: Natural surface
Supple-jack Trail
Location: Begins near the Visitor Center, directly across from the bridge
Description:

This hiking-only trail winds through dense vegetation and connects to Canal Road. You will often see deer, birds, frogs, toads, or snakes here.

Point of Interest: The remains of illegal liquor stills can be seen, especially in winter, when bare trees block less of the view.
Length:
0.50 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
blue triangle
Supple-jack trail at Dismal Swamp State Park
Surface: Natural surface
Swamp Boardwalk
Location: Begins behind Visitor Center
Description:

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.

Point of Interest: There is an observation platform and accessible picnic table a few hundred feet along the trail from the left entrance.
Length:
0.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
blue circle (for TRACK Trail)
Western Boundary Trail
Location: Begins near mile 4 of Kim Saunders Road
Description:

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.

Point of Interest: Be sure to pack a snack to enjoy at the picnic table at the corner by Kim Saunders.
Length:
1.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
none
Western Boundary Trail at Dismal Swamp State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Gravel
Contact:

Dismal Swamp State Park

2294 US 17 North
South MillsNC 27976
Phone252-771-6593
dismal.swamp@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.505700
Longitude: -76.355100

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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.