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Paddle for the Border festival at Dismal Swamp State Park
Status of park facilities as of May 22   

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


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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  • 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. 

 


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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
Blaze:
none