Dismal Swamp State Park allows a unique wilderness experience in a landscape that has been witness to American Indian hunting parties, exploration by George Washington and the story of the Underground Railroad. The park features 20 miles of trails, beyond a 2,000-foot boardwalk that puts visitors in the midst of the Great Dismal Swamp. Birding and viewing abundant wildlife are favored activities.

Mountain biking on the trails and kayaking the adjacent Dismal Swamp Canal are both encouraged. Visitors may bring their own equipment or rent at the park. Regular interpretive programs about the wetlands ecology and history of the famed swamp complement museum-quality exhibits in the visitor center.


Dismal Swamp State Park North Carolina
2294 US-17, South Mills, NC 27976, United States



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.


  • There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park.
  • Bikes can be rented at the Visitor Center. Fees are $7 per hour.
  • Kayaks and canoes can be rented at the Visitor Center. Fees are $7 per hour.


Contact Details

Phone: (252) 771-6593

Mail: dismal.swamp@ncparks.gov

Official Website: Dismal Swamp State Park North Carolina


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