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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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Dismal Swamp State Park

Bike trails, hiking trails, picnic area, welcome center and short boardwalk trail. Great area for... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2018
melnel8905
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Brookfield, Massachusetts
via mobile
Great Stop, Friendly Rangers, Engaging Exhibits

Attended Paddle for the Border and always stop for a visit to the State Park. Nice boardwalk hike... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Robert B
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Norfolk, Virginia
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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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2294 US Highway 17 N, South Mills, NC 27976-9456
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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Bike trails, hiking trails, picnic area, welcome center and short boardwalk trail. Great area for birding. My husband and I visited the Dismal Swamp while on our way to The Outer Banks, NC. It was a wonderful place to do a little hiking. Bug spray...More

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Attended Paddle for the Border and always stop for a visit to the State Park. Nice boardwalk hike over the swamps if you have the time and exhibits to attract the whole family.

Thank Robert B
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

We really enjoyed our visit, both inside the Visitors Center and outside area. It was not busy so parking was ample. If it were full, you could also park at the Welcome center and walk about 100 yards to the Park. You enter the Park...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

On 28 April 2018 approximately 40 members of the Senior Group from World Outreach Worship Center in Newport News, VA took a trip to visit the Great Dismal Swamp. Many on this trip had never been there and were anxious to visit the swamp. We...More

Thank 68GP
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Who knew? So many things to learn at the museum! From American History to natural history, the exhibits were simple yet deep enough to interest adults. The boardwalk hike has great interpretive signage.

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Loved the view from the bridge over the sawmp. The free visitor center had surprisingly well designed and enagaing exhibits for all ages. Several hiking trails available. The short boardwalk TRACK trail was perfect for a baby stroller. The park is conencted to state rest...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Visited with wife and daughter. No entry fee. You can rent a bike or kayak for $5/hour. We toured the visitor center and hiked the trails. We saw two deer and one small green snake. Great way to spend half a day.

Thank Kevin J
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

first ranger told us about the. history of the swamp and how the underground railroad came through there. we were to get a boat to ride the trail and see the animals along the way. the museum had great displays.

Thank R5047RGlarryr
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Lisa D, Front Office Manager at Dismal Swamp State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Happy to hear you had a good time! Hopefully you can visit again soon!

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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
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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!

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Reviewed 11 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
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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!

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Steven F
11 June 2018|
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Response from 68GP | Reviewed this property |
After making some inquiries and checking on line the closest campground appears to be the Chesapeake Campground within 30 minutes of the Dismal Swamp. Website is very informative Hope this helps.
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Alan Konigsburg K
15 August 2015|
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Response from Steve H | 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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