Canoeing: Glide along the amber colored waters of the historic Dismal
Swamp Canal in your own canoe or kayak. A boat ramp near the parking area gives
access to the canal waters. Don't forget your life vests!
Or rent a canoe or kayak from the park. One and two person kayaks are available. See
the Facilities and Fees page for rental information.
Education and Events: Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and
interpretive programs about the Dismal Swamp. To arrange a special exploration of
the Dismal Swamp for your group or class, contact the park office. Click the 'Events'
link on the menu to the left to learn more about events at Dismal Swamp State Park.
Hiking and Mountain Biking: There are 16.7 miles of former logging roads
for hiking and mountain biking through the swamp forest.
Bring your bike or rent one from the park. Men's, women's and children's bikes are available,
as well as helmets. See the Facilities and Fees page for rental information.
Visitor Center: A unique hydraulic arm bridge that spans the Dismal Swamp
Canal allows access to the Dismal Swamp State Park. Boaters along the canal have
'right of way' which may cause some delay in pedestrians crossing the bridge. The
visitor center/exhibit hall, restrooms and parking are accessible.
N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation • 1615 MSC • Raleigh N.C. 27699-1615