Who We Are…





The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is a NCDOT facility that provides a friendly face and tourism information to the traveling public. Whether by water or by land, the staff at this lovely complex aims to please, and assist the traveling public with a variety of services.

About the Dismal Swamp

Forbidding as its name may be, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of the few natural American gems remaining in the East. Despite its impressive size it remains a mystery to most people. We invite you to come see why many notables in America’s history were lured by Nature’s backdrop of emerald draping vines and sweet warbles of the songbirds which call the swamp “home”.

Today we are able to explore it’s secrets, without the hardships endured by the early Americans pioneers that sought to tame it. Home to one of the largest Black Bear populations on the East Coast, subtropical birds, butterflies, bobcats and white-tailed deer, it is easily understood why this land deserves our protection. It offers travelers wealth of history and lore, flora and fauna.

**Update as of 10/17/16:   The water level is continuing to drop and we are hopeful that the Canal will be reopening soon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working hard to remove trees/debris along the Canal, especially between the Deep Creek Lock and the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center. The Elizabeth returns today to start clearing more than 60 trees along the Canal and take care of shoaling along the feeder ditch. Our very patient and understanding boaters docked at the Welcome Center received some great news…the South Mills Lock and Bridge will open today to allow them to exit the Canal from the south. No boats will be allowed to enter the Canal until the above mentioned are taken care of. We will continue to keep everyone updated on the Canal and we appreciate everyone’s patience during this situation.

Lake Drummond Reservation is still closed until further notice.

The  The Dismal Swamp State Park and Dismal Swamp Welcome Center are OPEN.  For more information please call 252-771-8333.

Camden County’s paved Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is now cleared of all debris and open.  Please be aware that there are still a few areas that have standing water.

Notice to Navigation Interests from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District


Open Monday-Saturday 9 am- 5pm & 

Sunday 1 pm- 5pm

A Camden County View of Paddle for the Border 2016 (Short) Video:



Video courtesy of Chris Nolan ~ Sailing Vessel Navigator