Dismal Swamp State Park, South Mills

#14 of 22 in Nature in North Carolina Coast
Must see · State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
This organization is a non-profit 501c(3) group that helps support the Dismal Swamp State Park educational efforts. The group raises money from the sale of products located at the park's vistor center, through membership, donations, and events. The group also provides many hours of volunteer work.

The Dismal Swamp State Park is located in Camden County, NC about 3 miles south of the VA/NC state line. It encompasses 14,433 acres of the Great Dismal Swamp, bordered on 3 sides by the US Fish and Wildlife and Dismal Swamp Canal/Hwy 17.

Take a journey into the Dismal Swamp, one of North America's great wetland forests. At one time, the Dismal Swamp covered nearly 1.28 million acres in North Carolina and Virginia. Today's swamp is smaller but it's beauty and mystery live on.

The Dismal Swamp gives the park visitor a unique opportunity to see animals, such as black bears, butterflies and songbirds up close; the park visitor being the guest. The fragrant aromas from the many wildflowers fill the air. Find a quiet place and close your eyes to take in the myriad of sounds and smells that vring the swamp alive.

If you prefer more active participation, hike or bike along the old logging roads and trails. Take in the majestic beauty of the swampy forest. Smell the sensuous smell of the sweet pepperbust. Think back to a time long ago when American Indians, slaves and colonists walked on this ground. The Dismal Swamp State Park has a rich history that intertwines natural and cultural history. There's something for everyonem, whether you're a history buff or an amateur naturalist.
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  • You hear “Great Dismal Swamp” and you expect, well, a really dismal place... Instead, it’s just great. Rather than greet me with gloom, the Great Dismal Swamp greeted me with bright colors and...  more »
  • This park has a nice visitor center and trails. We did some of the bike trails to take in the swamp. We came across 5 dear but that was about it for wildlife. Entry was free to the park but you need.....  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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