Dismal Swamp State Park, South Mills

Dismal Swamp State Park is a North Carolina state park in Camden County, North Carolina in the United States. The park was created as a state natural area in 1974 with the help of The Nature Conservancy, and on July 28, 2007 the NC General Assembly re-designated it as a state park. It opened to the public in 2008. This marked the first time that public access to Great Dismal Swamp was made possible in North Carolina. The park covers 14,432 acres (58.40 km2) of protected land on the North Carolina/Virginia border. Park offices are three miles (5 km) south of the border on U.S. Route 17 near South Mills. Features of the park include the canal which is used regularly by boaters using the Intracoastal Waterway and several miles of hiking and biking trails.
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  • We got here a bit late as the visitor center closes at 4:30 pm. And you have to cross a bridge and be back to the parking lot as the bridge over the canal opens for the night at 5:30 pm. That means....  more »
  • My daughter and I went for the name. Great Dismal Swamp, it sounded like it was going to be gothic and gloomy and photogenic. I like a good swamp. It wasn't very photogenic though - our main...  more »
  • This is a really cool park. It's a wonderful re-purposing of old U.S. Hwy 17. The old 2-lane highway has been turned into a hiking/biking trail. It stretches for over 16 miles, I only hiked the first three miles up and back from the northern trail head. I really enjoyed the peaceful nature walk, which at places had breathtaking, postcard-esque views of the canal.
  • Welcoming rangers at the gate. A lovely visitor center with animal exhibits plus a movie room. The small "8" trail behind the visitor center gave us a good idea of the vegetation plus some Flora of the place ..saw dragonflies , lizards ..even a king snake when we were leaving the park . See if you can spot it in the picture ..

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