Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
2356 US Hwy 17 N
South Mills, NC 27976-9425
Phone Toll-Free: 877.771-8333 Local: 252.771-8333 Fax: 252.771-2055
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The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is the only Welcome Center in the continental U. S. greeting visitors by both a major highway and an historic waterway. Located in Camden County
on scenic U. S. Highway 17, the original Ocean Hiway
, just three miles south of the VA/NC border, the Center sits on the banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal
, part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The Canal is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark, honors worthy of its colorful past.
Due to its unique location, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center has become the "Gateway to Northeastern North Carolina --the Historic Albemarle Region," including the "South's prettiest town," Edenton, and Elizabeth City --one of the "Top 100 Small Towns in the US."
It is located little over an hour away from Colonial Williamsburg, VA, and North Carolina's beautiful Outer Banks
, approximately four hours from Washington, DC, two hours from Richmond, VA, and less than an hour from Virginia Beach. Travelers on Highway 17 in North Carolina enjoy lovely historic towns, such as New Bern
and Wilmington. Myrtle Beach, SC, is six hours south of the Center. .......... more about facilities & services
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