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Great Dismal Swamp State Park| A Loft Link-up Prompt

The prompt for the Loft Link-up this week is this photo:

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The first thing that springs to mind are of the paths of a great local-ish wildlife refuge.

Great Dismal State Park @godschicki
The boardwalk at the Great Dismal Sate Park

It is the Great Dismal Swamp State Park, part of the Great Dismal National Wildlife Refuge, “….the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.” (according to their website)

Price: Free (I have not looked into canoe or kayak rentals)

Stroller Friendliness: **

(There are boardwalk type paths), and I believe there are ramps into the building for the wildlife exhibits. The Gift shop and Visitor’s center are accessible I believe. The hiking trails would not be great for strollers.

Kid Friendliness: **-*****

B was pretty happy to be carried around all day. I think little ones would like running round and hiking, though there is water that one could easy fall into, so depending on your kid, it’s a 2-5.

I have been there many times. It is a great place to visit. Yes, I know the thought of a dismal swamp (as if swamps are not dismal enough) sounds thrilling, but it really is a wonderful place to stop for a picnic, trek trails, canoe or kayak (I have yet to do either there yet), learn about the local wildlife and drink in the beauty of God’s creation.

Just off of Highway 17 in North Carolina, the rest area/visitor center/state park area is a great stop.

There is a visitor’s center with information (things to do and see and such) on a large part of the surrounding area and a small gift shop.

There is a newish building with all sorts of information and exhibits on the local wildlife at the State Park Building.

There is also a nice boardwalk and hiking trail, they have biking trails and I believe they have recently added an auto trail.

There are great places for a picnic, so if you are just passing by it is a great stop.

It has been a while since we hiked it. Our son was only a few months old at the time, so his auntie wore him most of the time. We have not tried it with a stroller, so I am only going on what I remember. There are also bike trails and you can

Great Dismal Swamp Trail @godschiki
One of the trails at the Great Dismal Swamp State Park
Dismal Swamp Canal @godschicki
Great Dismal Swamp Canal
A Bench on the board walk of the state park

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3 thoughts on “Great Dismal Swamp State Park| A Loft Link-up Prompt

  1. This looks like a great place to visit! I love these boardwalks the parks and recreation dept. has made. There is a place not far from where I live where they have made a boardwalk like this. I haven’t been this year yet, so maybe I can squeeze in a road trip there before winter.

  2. Wow! What a great place! I have never heard of it. Sounds like it is definitely worth checking out if I get to that part of North Carolina/Virginia. Thanks so much for telling us about it!

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