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Dismal Swamp State Park

2294 US 17 NorthDismal Swamp State Park
South Mills, NC 27976
(252) 771-6593
(252) 771-6582

Feel your daily stresses melt away as you cross the historic Dismal Swamp Canal and walk along the 2000-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.

For the adventurer, there are 18 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Or, enjoy a leisurely paddle down the Dismal Swamp Canal in your canoe or kayak.

Learn why George Washington called the Dismal Swamp "a glorious paradise," how the swamp was important in the Underground Railroad and the ecological importance of wetlands in the visitor center and exhibit hall. All of this and more can be found just 3 miles south of the NC/VA border on US Hwy 17.

Directions

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.

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