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Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 11:00am
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.


Surface: natural surface, sand, gravel

Length:
1.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
none

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.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.20 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
none

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.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
blue triangle

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.


Surface: boardwalk/bridge

Length:
0.50 miles
loop
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.


Surface: natural surface, gravel

Length:
1.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
none

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.