Located in Camden County on scenic US 17 just three miles south of the Virginia/North Carolina border, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center sits on the banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal, part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Starting at the Welcome Center, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a 10 foot wide, hard-surfaced trail that winds its way between US 17 and the historic Dismal Swamp Canal for approximately 3 miles. It then becomes a highway extension of NC 343 and Mullen Road to the village of South Mills, an additional 1.5 miles. Benches and picnic tables are available, and mile markers line the path. Bird feeders and birdhouses can be found along the trail. Trail bikes are available at the Welcome Center for visitors to enjoy at no charge - bikes are secured by a Driver's License.
Species of Interest (Full Bird List)
Great Crested Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting
floodplain forest, canal, wetland forest
A full size replica liquor still is located ¼ mile north on Canal Road. Accompanying informational panels discuss the human activity of moonshine production in the swamp.A short hike down Supplejack Trail, visitors can see an actual blown up still.
Lighter boats were commonly used to navigate the narrow canals in the swamp. These boats were used to bring Atlantic White Cedar shingles from the interior portion of swamp. The park has an example of these boats approximately ¾ mile north on Canal Road near Cross Canal/Hamburg Ditch.
Access and Parking
Ample parking is available in the Welcome Center lot. Welcome Center hours of operation are November - April: 9am to 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday; June - October: 9am to 5pm, daily.
From the village of South Mills, take US Hwy 17 Bypass north for 5 miles to the entrance of the Welcome Center. The Center is 3 miles south of the VA/NC border and 18 miles north of Elizabeth City, NC
Delorme Gazetteer Page
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail