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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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NC part of this fascinating area.

The Great Dismal Swamp is oddly divided between being a (Federal) National Wildlife Refuge on the... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2016
Arlington, Virginia
Great time! Cheap rentals...

Have been there numerous times. Great staff and interesting small educational building. A lot of... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Moyock, North Carolina
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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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  • Average14%
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2294 US Highway 17 N, South Mills, NC 27976-9456
+1 252-771-6593
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Reviewed 13 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 28 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 7 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 7 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 27 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 22 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
Reviewed 9 July 2015

We stopped by Dismal Swamp Park a couple of times and it is so nice. We went into the visitors center and the staff was very friendly and very informative. Very clean!!!!

Thank Barbara G W
Reviewed 16 June 2015

Great place to go to explore the museum and to walk through the swamp on the boardwalk. Informative guides available

Thank trflyer
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Alan Konigsburg K
15 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.