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Dismal Swamp State Park

2294 US Highway 17 N, South Mills, NC 27976-9456
+1 252-771-6593
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Wonderful Nature Trails

I visit this park several times a year. There is a nice long bicycle and walking trail paralleling... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Mark J
Walking tour

Very nice and well kept park. We saw a few animals while walking the trails. The Park employees... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Linda G
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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.
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Hours Today: 20:00 - 17:30
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2294 US Highway 17 N, South Mills, NC 27976-9456
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

I visit this park several times a year. There is a nice long bicycle and walking trail paralleling US-17. The entrance area is quiet, a good place to canoe or kayak and maybe have a picnic. There are raised walkways through the swamp. The birdlife...More

Thank Mark J
Lisa D, Front Office Manager at Dismal Swamp State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

So glad you enjoy your time here! We look forward to having you visit again soon!

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Very nice and well kept park. We saw a few animals while walking the trails. The Park employees were very nice and helpful.

Thank Linda G
Lisa D, Front Office Manager at Dismal Swamp State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Glad you were able to see some of the wildlife here in the park! Hopefully you can return again soon and find some more!

Reviewed 30 June 2017

Visited the great dismal swamp for the first time with family . Had a great time walking on the trail and kayaking along the canal . Towards the end of the afternoon we got rented bikes. Bike selection was limited, poor quality, most with low...More

Thank Anita P
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Just on the south side of the Welcome Center, do not miss chance to visit. Excellent friendly staff and facility, so be sure to allocate time to take a tour. I grew up here long ago before facility was here. Learn history and a place...More

Thank HungryDawg
Lisa D, Front Office Manager at Dismal Swamp State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

So glad you enjoyed your visit to the park! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Very pretty river/canal to kayak down.. there is a little noise from traffic and I would've preferred a few more places to bank to take a break but overall a very peaceful and pleasant experience. Also a special shout out to Spellman!! He was EXTREMELY...More

Thank jamigirl78
Lisa D, Front Office Manager at Dismal Swamp State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

So glad you enjoyed your time here! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 26 April 2017

To get to the state park area, it looks as if you are going into a rest area. The state park signs are behind the rest area. The visitor center was good, and the boardwalk lets you see the wetlands without getting muddy. It was...More

Thank Kmom49210
Lisa D, Front Office Manager at Dismal Swamp State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

So glad you enjoyed your time here! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 27 March 2017

Visitor center was nice and the folks working there very pleasant. Just wish that there was a drive through area for those who cannot walk for whatever reason. That was me this weekend. Didn't want to get back into the swamp on the boardwalk and...More

Thank BaltimoreRedbird
Lisa D, Front Office Manager at Dismal Swamp State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

So glad you enjoyed your time here! Hope to see you again soon! We do offer Ranger led Wagon Rides in the Spring and Fall and also have plans for some new programs which will include the wagon ride. Keep an eye our website for...More

Reviewed 11 December 2016

The NC side of the swamp was a bit of a let down. We took a nice walk on the boardwalk and then the canal road. We did get to see the mist roll in on the canal, that was neat.

Thank MenaDance
Reviewed 4 September 2016

You can rent canoes or bikes, or hike a little or a lot! Many choices to pick from! You have to cross the canal to get to the visitors center, which is very nice and packed with history. Plus, they offer wagon rides and ranger...More

Thank momdzall
Reviewed 13 August 2016

The Great Dismal Swamp is oddly divided between being a (Federal) National Wildlife Refuge on the Virginia side and a State Park in North Carolina. This review is about the State Park in NC. As is often the case with lands being divided between different...More

Thank kbpneacl
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Response from trflyer | Reviewed this property |
Not close to the park.. You will have to go into Elizabeth City. That is about 20 miles away.
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