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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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Thanksgiving Road Trip

The NC side of the swamp was a bit of a let down. We took a nice walk on the boardwalk and then the... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2016
Dobson, North Carolina
Lots of activities to choose from!

You can rent canoes or bikes, or hike a little or a lot! Many choices to pick from! You have to... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2016
Washington, Pa
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
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2294 US Highway 17 N, South Mills, NC 27976-9456
+1 252-771-6593
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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
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Took a day trip to the park at the NC/VA state line. Thousands of miles of trails and a mini trail for the less adventurous. It is beautiful, and even though we only saw a few animals we enjoyed it

Thank YayaQueenBee
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We had to drive about 30 minutes from Elizabeth City on US 17 but it was worth it. You cannot Google it and get to the State Park. We ended up at the southern edge at the end of Horseshoe Road. Wrong place. We had...More

Thank sunnysideup70
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Love to take hikes and bike rides on the various trails. Also, love to get our kayaks out on the canal. Always a great time with my kiddos. Just be sure to use tick repellent on the wooded trails.

Thank Ashley C
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

I frequent the biking trail. It is a nice place to ride safely with my toddler and we love looking at the nature while riding!

Thank Kimberly W
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Alan Konigsburg K
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.