Dismal Swamp

State Park - North Carolina

Dismal Swamp State Park is located in Camden County, North Carolina. The park covers 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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Fact Sheet of Dismal Swamp State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Dismal Swamp - Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet of Dismal Swamp State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Map of Dismal Swamp State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Dismal Swamp - Map

Map of Dismal Swamp State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Dismal Swamp SP https://www.ncparks.gov/dismal-swamp-state-park https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dismal_Swamp_State_Park Dismal Swamp State Park is located in Camden County, North Carolina. The park covers 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.
Activities Located in North Carolina’s northeastern border with Virginia, Dismal Swamp State Park provides numerous recreational opportunities. The area surrounding the park has a rich history intertwining with George Washington, the Underground Railroad and Prohibition. The park provides public access to the Great Dismal Swamp, the largest remaining swamp in the eastern United States, and its unique and abundant plant life and wildlife. Experience the Park! Dismal Swamp State Park 2294 US 17 North South Mills, NC 27976 252-771-6593 dismal.swamp@ncparks.gov GPS: 36.5057, -76.3551 Fun Facts ■■ The park was established in 1974. ■■ At one time, the swamp covered 1.28 ■■ Wild turkey ■■ Bobwhite ■■ Deer ■■ Marsh rabbit ■■ Raccoon The rare Hessel’s Hairstreak Butterfly can be found at Dismal Swamp. million acres. ■■ Black-throated green warbler ■■ Opposum ■■ Gray fox ■■ Bobcat ■■ Black bear ■■ Dismal Swamp has a 22-mile long canal. ■■ The swamp is one of the largest pieces of undeveloped land in the eastern U.S. ■■ The area around the swamp is covered in peat soil — which can be from 3 to15 feet deep Because Dismal Swamp is a drier swamp, there are more red maple than white cedar trees and cypress. The swamp is said to be haunted by ghosts. ■■ Dismal Swamp was an integral part of the Underground Railroad, and home to one of the largest maroon colonies in the US. ■■ To European settlers, “dismal” meant swamp. ■■ The rich, coffee brown color of the water comes from the tannins in tree leaves. ■■ The entrance has a one-of-a-kind hydraulic swing bridge. Many fruits grow wild at Dismal Swamp: blackberry, persimmons and blueberries ncparks.gov MNQP
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Pettigrew State Park South Mountains State Park – 2018 Park of the Year Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation manages more than 234,000 acres of iconic landscape across our state in our parks, recreation areas and natural areas with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomed more than 19 million visitors in 2017. Discover More with a Ranger Across North Carolina, state park rangers are proud of our parks and eager to welcome you and your family. Come to our parks to marvel at our state’s most beautiful natural resources, enjoy your favorite outdoor activities and learn about the rich science, culture and history that make our parks great. Fun facts about North Carolina State Parks ■■ There are 41 places to visit, including 34 parks, four recreation areas and three staffed state natural areas. ■■ The Division manages four state rivers, seven state lakes and six state trails. ■■ There are about 581 miles of trail to explore in our parks. ■■ The first state park created was Mount Mitchell State Park on March 3, 1915. Fort Macon State Park was the second. ■■ The Division celebrated 100 years of being Naturally Wonderful in 2016. ■■ Parks that welcome over 1 million visitors annually include: Jockey’s Ridge, Fort Macon and William B. Umstead state parks and Falls Lake, Jordan Lake and Kerr Lake state recreation areas. ■■ The Division employs over 1,000 people across the state. ■■ Some www.ncparks.gov M N P Q Roy Cooper Governor unique activities you can do in our parks include: wind surfing and hang gliding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, cross country skiing and snow shoeing at Elk Knob State Park, driving on the four-wheel-drive beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and rock climbing at Chimney Rock, Crowders Mountain, Hanging Rock, Pilot Mountain and Stone Mountain state parks. Susi H. Hamilton Secretary 75,000 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $10,707.92 or $0.14 each. 03/18 Did you know that many plants atop Mount Mitchell are rare in North Carolina but common in Quebec? That the giant sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge are constantly moving? Do you know how to safely hold a crayfish? From fishing lessons to astronomy programs and tree identification hikes to guided paddles, parks offer programs for all ages. Visit our website for a list of upcoming programs at each park. Junior Rangers The Junior Ranger program offers educational and skill-based activities to encourage children to explore the outdoors. Children can complete activity guides, geared for ages 6-12, and attend ranger programs to earn a junior ranger patch unique to each park. Ask about the program at a park office or download the guide at: www.ncparks.gov/junior-rangers. Environmental Education Learning Experiences Parks have their own curriculum guides that are correlated to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Competency goals in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts are available. Each program includes pre-visit, on-site and post-visit student activities that have measurable objectives, background information, vocabulary, references and step-bystep activity instructions. Passport Program How many state parks can you visit? Use your passport as a guide and collect stamps, earn prizes and make “Naturally Wonderful” memories! Pick up your passport at a state park near you. North Carolina State Parks 100-Mile Challenge Can you hike, bike or paddle 100 miles in a year? Join the N.C. State Parks’ 100-Mile Challenge and log your miles online to earn digital badges and redeem prizes as you reach various milestones! This is a great way to get outside, get moving and keep track of your activity. Visit www.nc100miles.org to sign up. ■■ Several parks have educational trails, called TRACK trails, that include activities for children to complete along the way. William B. Umstead State Park Jockey’s Ridge State Park Friends Of State Parks Join the Friends of State Parks to help support, promote and advocate for the parks system as a whole, or join the friends group of your favorite park. The group helps provide funding for Junior Ranger and Youth in Parks – Environmental Education programs, as well as grants for state parks projects. You can also make a donation to help keep our parks around for future generations. Learn more at www.ncfsp.org or www.ncparks.gov/support-your-parks. Merchandise Want to show your N.C. State Parks pride? Visit the online webstore and purchase products such as coffee mugs, prints, t-shirts, pins, patches and Christmas ornaments. This exclusive merchandise makes a great gift for special state parks fans, including yourself. www.ncparkstore.com N.C. State Parks License Plate Show your support for state parks every time you drive your vehicle! Purchase an N.C. State Parks license plate through the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicl

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