Dismal Swamp State Park

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Hiking Trails


Bike Trails


About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Dismal Swamp State Park

Located in Camden County abutting the state's northeast border with Virginia, Dismal Swamp State Park provides access to the Great Dismal Swamp, the largest remaining swamp in the eastern United States. This area features unique and abundant plant life and wildlife, as well as a rich cultural history that intertwines with George Washington, the Underground Railroad, and Prohibition. The 22-mile Dismal Swamp Canal is a popular paddling destination and hosts the annual Paddle for the Border event.


There are no camping facilities at Dismal Swamp. The closest state park with camping is Merchants Millpond State Park.


  • Hiking (21.5 miles)
  • Biking (21.5 miles)
  • Paddling
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking


  • Boat and bike rentals
  • Auditorium and classroom
  • Visitor center and exhibits

Plan Your Visit


2294 U.S. 17 N., South Mills, NC 27976

GPS: 36.5057, -76.3551


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27976 South Mills, NC

Park Hours

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Trails close 30 minutes before park closing time. 

Month Hours
January 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Photo Gallery

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Top: Visitor center in the fall, staff photo

Gallery: Dismal Swamp Canal, staff photo  |  Deer crossing Canal Road Trail after a light snowfall, K. Sanford  |  Swamp Boardwalk Trail, C. Peek  |  Paddle for the Border event, C. Peek  |  Black bear on the trail, T. DeSantis