The Dismal Swamp State Park TRACK Trail follows the Swamp Boardwalk, an accessible half-mile loop. You can get a feel for the Swamp without getting your feet wet!
For those seeking more adventure, the park also offers more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails following old logging roads through the Swamp forest. Or, enjoy a leisurely paddle along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Visitors may bring their own canoe/kayak and/or bike at no charge. Rentals are available for an hourly fee through the park office.
Come see why George Washington called the Dismal Swamp "a glorious paradise," learn about the Swamp's rich cultural history as a home to maroons seeking freedom from enslavement, its role in the Underground Railroad, and the ecological importance of swamps and wetlands in the Visitor Center's exhibit hall. All of this and more can be found 3 miles south of the NC/VA border on US Hwy 17.
Adventures for Dismal Swamp State Park
Dismal Swamp: Hide and SeekDifficulty:
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The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.
The Dismal Swamp State Park TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership between North Carolina State Parks, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program.