Ring in the New Year at the Dismal Swamp! Get a jump start on your 100-Mile Challenge for 2018, and enjoy some fresh air. We'll provide hot chocolate and cookies afterward!
Dismal Swamp State Park
Supplies to make a pine-cone turkey to adorn your holiday table will be set up for you to make with your children (or for yourself!) at your leisure daily during our normal Visitor Center operating hours of 8 am-4:30 pm. Then take a hike and search for some live wild turkeys!
This ride, about 3 hours long, will take you into the heart of the Swamp aboard the open-air Dismal Swamp Express! See the site of the 2011 widlife and learn about fire ecology. Eagles, otters, and wintering ducks frequent this area. Blankets and pillows are recommended. LIMITED TO 20 SEATS, so you MUST call the office to reserve your place!
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.
Ever wondered how and why leaves change color in the fall? Learn the answer at this indoor/outdoor talk and hike. Make some fall-inspired art to take home with you!
Join the Park Ranger on The Dismal Swamp Express that will take hikers to the trailhead of S. Martha Washington where we will unload off the wagon and hike 1 mile to the end of our S. Martha Washington Trail, and back. We will stop to observe wildlife, enjoy the fall foliage, and check out the water control structures used to regulate water levels within the swamp.
Join Ranger Katie for an easy, leisurely-paced bike ride to the South Martha Washington water control structures. This ride will be approximately 6 miles on fairly flat ground and an excellent way to prep for Ranger's Joe's more challenging ride to come later in the fall!
Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, snacks if you want them, and bug spray (just in case).
This event will be a special after-hours paddle trip to celebrate the start of cooler weather! We’ll watch the sun set over the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Everything you need—boat, paddle, PFD, and basic instruction—will be provided. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER. Hurry, this event will likely fill up fast!
Join the ranger for a leisurely paddle along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Everything you need—boat, paddle, PFD, and basic instruction—will be provided. Paddlers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Trip is limited to 8 boats, so YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.
Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a 2-mile round trip, 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.