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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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A hidden gem

Just on the south side of the Welcome Center, do not miss chance to visit. Excellent friendly staff... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HungryDawg
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Denver, Colorado
GREAT for beginner kayakers!

Very pretty river/canal to kayak down.. there is a little noise from traffic and I would've... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
jamigirl78
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Perry, Michigan
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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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  • Average13%
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2294 US Highway 17 N, South Mills, NC 27976-9456
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+1 252-771-6593
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 10 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 12 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
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Have been there numerous times. Great staff and interesting small educational building. A lot of hands on experiences. The rentals are cheap and the water flat and calm. Gets a little buggy in the evening, so spray up.

Thank d1deleonrn
Reviewed 6 July 2016

The Dismal Swamp State Park offers an informative visitor center, plenty of biking/walking trails. Park admission is free, attendants are friendly and knowledgeable. Bike and kayak rentals are available for a small fee. Really enjoyed this park and look forward longer bike explorations in the...More

Thank Tanya F
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for an hour while driving Philly to Wilmington. What a refreshing stop.... Very pleasant gatekeeper spent a few minutes telling me about the variety of hikes; I went into the very interesting exhibit and then took the 15-minute boardwalk trail. Picnic tables and...More

Thank MarkDonaldson
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Alan Konigsburg K
Is there a good place to spend the night near the park?
14 August 2015|
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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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