We will have different outdoor events including a paddle and a hike for the Take a Child Outside celebration, and children will be able to earn a Junior Ranger patch on Saturday, 9/24. And on Sunday, 9/25, Fall Wagon Rides begin, to continue through Sunday, November 20.
Lastly, don’t forget to save Saturday, October 22 for the 4th annual Dismal Day! This year’s event will be bigger than ever, since we are also celebrating the centennial anniversary of the NC State Parks system. (Flyer is attached). We have numerous volunteer opportunities available for this event as well!
Fall Paddle, Mon, 09/05/2016 – 10:00am
The unofficial end of summer is here! Take a leisurely paddle with the ranger along the scenic Dismal Swamp Canal to enjoy the milder weather. Everything you need will be provided, including boats, paddles, PFDs, and instruction if needed. All ages and skill levels are welcome, but the program is limited to 8 boats, so you must pre-register by calling 252-771-6593.
Grand Weekend Celebration! Fri, 09/09/2016 – 8:00am to Sun, 09/11/2016 – 5:30pm
Celebrate Grandparents’ Day with a story walk at the park. The featured book is “The Pinecone Walk” by Barbara Springfield, about a young girl’s hike with her grandfather to find pine cones for the fire. You and your grandchildren can enjoy the story on your own anytime throughout the weekend, but there will be a ranger-led walk and craft program at 1 pm on Saturday 9/10 and Sunday 9/11. The craft will be a take-home activity in which we’ll make color-changing pine cones for you to use in your own fireplace this fall!
*Although the weekend is designated to honor grandparents, anyone is welcome to attend this program!*
**Saturday at 1 pm only: meet the author!**
Fall Paddle, Sat, 09/17/2016 – 2:00pm
Take a leisurely paddle with the ranger along the scenic Dismal Swamp Canal to enjoy the milder weather. Everything you need will be provided, including boats, paddles, PFDs, and instruction if needed. All ages and skill levels are welcome, but the program is limited to 8 boats, so you must pre-register by calling 252-771-6593.
Take a Child Outside Celebration, Sat, 09/24/2016 – 10:00am
Come on out to the Dismal Swamp and celebrate both North Carolina State Parks’ 100th Anniversary and Take A Child Outside. A variety of activities will be held, and you can participate in any or all. Earn a Junior Ranger patch! Call the office at 252-771-6593 to sign up!
Fall Wagon Rides, Sun, 09/25/2016 – 11:00am and 2:00pm
Our popular Wagon Ride program makes it return for the fall season! Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a 2-mile round trip ride along Canal Road. There will be a few stops along the way, and you’ll be able to observe plants, birds, and wildlife as we go. The ride lasts approximately an hour and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 before coming out.
*The fall Wagon Rides will run every Sunday through November 20, 2016.*
Katie Sanford, State Park Ranger
Dismal Swamp State Park
NC DNCR, Division of Parks and Recreation
2294 Hwy 17 North
South Mills, NC 27976