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Events and Programs

Dismal Swamp State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Join the ranger for a short indoor talk on all things wild turkey. Find out why they are so fascinating, and then meet a live domestic tom turkey named Handsome. Please pre-register by calling the office at 252-771-6593 to help us plan.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/17/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Auditorium

*DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, WAGON RIDES ARE CANCELLED FOR SUNDAY, NOV 11 AND SUNDAY, NOV 18.*
Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park's liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting birds or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 in advance. Insect repellent is recommended. Bring snacks and water if you want them.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/25/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

*DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, WAGON RIDES ARE CANCELLED FOR SUNDAY, NOV 11 AND SUNDAY, NOV 18.*
Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park's liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting birds or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 in advance. Insect repellent is recommended. Bring snacks and water if you want them.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/25/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come see our float, and help us support our friends at the South Mills Volunteer Fire Department as they hold their annual parade. There will be many other participants in addition to the park, so come on out, and get into the holiday spirit!

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Town of South Mills

Start the new year off on the right foot by joining the ranger for a hike! You'll meet one of the park's champion trees. Enjoy some snacks and hot chocolate afterwards.

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
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.