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Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is a NCDOT facility that provides a friendly face and tourism information to the traveling public. Whether by water or by land, the staff at this lovely complex aims to please, and assist the traveling public with a variety of services. About the Dismal Swamp Forbidding as its name may be, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of the few natural American gems remaining in the East. Despite its impressive size it remains a mystery to most people. We invite you to come see why many notables in America's history were lured by Nature's backdrop of emerald draping vines and sweet warbles of the songbirds which call the swamp "home". Today we are able to explore it's secrets, without the hardships endured by the early Americans pioneers that sought to tame it. Home to one of the largest Black Bear populations on the East Coast, subtropical birds, butterflies, bobcats and white-tailed deer, it is easily understood why this land deserves our protection. It offers travelers wealth of history and lore, flora and fauna.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Family visit. Stopped in to check it out. Very friendly staff. Very helpful. All questions answered. Enjoyable.

Thank JEREMY L
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Donna S, Manager at Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Thanks for visiting the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center! We are thrilled you had a great experience at the Dismal Swamp and hope you will decide to visit again. Thank you for the kind words and safe travels!

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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

The "Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center" is run by NC DOT & the Canal is part of the 3000 mile long "Intracoastal Waterway" which runs from Boston to Brownsville, Texas. The Welcome Center is a nice rest stop while traveling Highway 17. It is located just south of the NC / Virginia State Line. If you are traveling by boat you can also stop & tie up to the Dock. The Welcome Center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM, but the restrooms are open 24 hours a day. You can walk along the boat dock to view the Canal and boats traveling by and there is a short nature trail just off the docks where you see some of the local Ecology. The staff is very helpful w/ directions & travel information. The picnic tables were great & the grounds are clean & well-maintained.

Thank GeorgeH-LI_NY-ExPat
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Donna S, Manager at Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Thank you for the awesome review of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center and Rest Area! We're happy to hear you had an enjoyable experience at our location and hope you will visit again during future travels. Safe travels!

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

I’m here at least twice a year. It’s always good. Clean restrooms. Plenty of parking. Great book collection. Waystation for cars and boats. Take a short hike in the nearby stAte park.

Thank Robert B
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Donna S, Manager at Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Thanks for visiting the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center and Rest Area! We're glad you had an enjoyable experience at our area and the Dismal Swamp State Park, adjacent to the center. We hope you'll visit us again!

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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

It seems like they focus on the NC section of the swamp. The center is fun and informative. There is a nice boardwalk trail through the swamp is a must to do. There are other trails to do as well. As we went back to our car the bridge was open to allow a boat to go through. That was pretty cool to see how it closed.

Thank 245randallc
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Donna S, Manager at Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Thank you for visiting the Dismal Swamp in North Carolina! The Dismal Swamp State Park, adjacent to the Rest Area, offers a museum, boardwalk, trails and many recreational opportunities. The Park Rangers are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We're glad you had a wonderful experience at the State Park and the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. We look forward to seeing you on future travels!

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

The staff provides hospitable welcome to the Great Dismal Swamp. Their gentle enthusiasm is contagious. “We are the only welcome center in the USA that serves both automobile and boating visitors!” Sweet little gift shop, pamphlets describing Great Dismal Swamp opportunities, and free stickers!

Thank Pomommie
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Donna S, Manager at Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Thank you for visiting the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center in North Carolina! We are so happy you had an enjoyable experience at the swamp and appreciate your kind words. We hope you'll come back to visit on future travels!

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