Dismal Swamp State Park

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Dismal Swamp State Park

North Carolina

(252) 771-6593

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Things To Do

Overview

Feel your daily stresses melt away as you cross the historic Dismal Swamp Canal and walk along the 300-foot boardwalk into this geological wonder. Experience first hand the lush swamp forest and get up-close and personal with the wide variety of wildlife. Discover the uniqueness of a million year old habitat at the Dismal Swamp State Park. A unique hydraulic arm bridge that spans the Dismal Swamp Canal allows access to the Dismal Swamp State Park. For the adventurer, there are 16.7 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Or, enjoy a leisurely paddle down the Dismal Swamp Canal in your canoe or kayak. The park protects 22 square miles of forested wetland in the Great Dismal Swamp, the largest remaining swamp in the eastern United States. Historically, the swamp was much wetter than what you see today. Extensive ditching and logging have changed its character over the past 200 years. Today's Dismal is dominated by red maple in place of the bald cypress and tupelos that once flourished here. But make no mistake; the Dismal Swamp is still an area of great natural significance.

Map of Dismal Swamp (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.530605, -76.366653

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Activities

  • Boating

    Glide along the amber colored waters of the historic Dismal Swamp Canal in your own canoe or kayak. A boat ramp near the parking area gives access to the canal waters.

  • Bicycling

    There are 16.7 miles of former logging roads for mountain biking through the swamp forest.

  • Hiking

    There are 16.7 miles of former logging roads for hiking through the swamp forest.

  • Historic Sites

    A unique hydraulic arm bridge that spans the Dismal Swamp Canal allows access to the Dismal Swamp State Park. The visitors center/exhibit hall, restrooms and parking are accessible. Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about the Dismal Swamp.

Directions

Driving

Dismal Swamp State Park is located in Camden County on US Hwy 17 three miles south of the NC/VA border near milepost 274.

Traveling north on US 17 from Elizabeth City, turn left into the NC DOT rest area. Follow the road around to the park entrance at the south end of the rest area.

Traveling south on US 17 from the Hampton Roads area, turn right into the NC DOT rest area. Follow the road around to the park entrance at the south end of the rest area.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(252) 771-6593

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