Dismal Swamp State Park

November 12, 2008 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Sunday afternoon, Ryan Somma and I took the dogs hiking in Dismal Swamp State Park. Sunday evening, I flipped through my pictures to figure out which ones I wanted to upload to Flickr. A group of neighborhood kids gathered around me to watch. They stared wide-eyed at even my unfocused shots of trees and fauna.

Finally one asked, “How much does it cost?”

“It’s free,” I replied.

As beautiful as it is, with 16.7 miles of hiking/biking trails and kayaking opportunities, the Dismal Swamp State Park is totally free.

FREE! Canal at Dismal Swamp State Park

FREE! Beautiful purple berries – American Beautyberry (Hat Tip, Brian!)

FREE! 1/4 Nature Trail in a nearby rest area

YEOACH but FREE! Devil’s Walking Stick

FREE! More of the canal system

George Washington once called the Dismal Swamp “a glorious paradise.” Between this and his accurate assessment of the pawpaw, I’ve come to really respect George Washington.

That and the whole “Father of the Country” thing.

More pictures of the FREE Dismal Swamp State Park are available on my Flickr site.

Dismal Swamp State Park


Trail Map

Cost: FREE!

Length: Up to 16.7 miles (There are a variety of trails)

Elevation Gain: None – flat

Directions from Elizabeth City, NC

Take US-17 North about 18 miles. The end.

Entry filed under: Elizabeth City, Hiking, Neighborhood Kids, North Carolina, Ryan Somma.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brian  |  November 12, 2008 at 10:51 am

    My wife and I recently moved to Roanoke, VA and came upon your blog. I’m a big fan of all the hiking information you have. Anyways, I thought you might find it interesting that your description of the Beautiful Purple Berries is actually called the American Beautyberry. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callicarpa_americana) So, you actually were pretty close in your description. Happy hiking.

  • 2. TGAW  |  November 12, 2008 at 10:56 am

    @Brian – Sweet! Glad you are finding the hiking information helpful and I WAS wondering what those berries were. What a great name– American Beautyberry. Thanks!!!!

  • 3. geekhiker  |  November 12, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Lookit you, gaining new fans! πŸ™‚

  • 4. Christina G  |  November 13, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Wow, those photos are amazing Vicky!


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