Dismal Swamp State Park

South Mills, NC

Where are we going?

Dismal Swamp State Park
2294 US-17
South Mills
NC 27976


What is there to do?

Who knew North Carolina had a swamp! The Dismal Swamp State Park is a great family day out for those nature and adventure loving families! 

The historic Dismal Swamp Canal is an amazing experience for the family, complete with a 2000 foot boardwalk which allows you to take in the environment and views, without actually taking to the water!

The kids will love experiencing a swamp first hand, where they can get up close to amazing sights and a large variety of wildlife.

For those adventure loving family members, there are over 20 amazing miles of mountain biking trails and hiking trail.  Perhaps you would rather spend time on the water in a canoe or kayak. 

You can rent the bikes from the park! There are helmets available, and all kinds of bikes for all family members. You can also rent the canoes or kayaks - they have thought of everything! 

Want to hear a very cool fact? George Washington actually called the Dismal Swamp State Park a "glorious paradise", so it must be pretty special! If you want to know why, you'll have to visit because it's at the swamp itself that you can really find out all the answers!

You can also learn about the ecological importance of the wetlands, as well as why the swamp was important to the Underground Railroad - so head to the Visitors Center when you first arrive to begin your educational experience!

The rangers of the swamp regularly hold scheduled interpretive and educational programs where you can become more immersed in the swamp. There is so much to do!


How much does it cost?

Adults: Free! Activity rental extra

Children: Free! Activity rental extra


Need a little extra help?

If you need wheelchair access, give them a call before you head out there and see what there is


When can we go?

8am - 6pm March to Oct. 5pm close rest of year.

All year round, but closed Christmas Day.


Any top tips?

The trails close 30 minutes before the park closing times - so plan accordingly.

I’m Hungry!

Why not take a picnic and enjoy it in the middle of this amazing part of nature!

Healthy Eating

Take bottled water, you'll need to stay hydrated!

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