The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides a friendly face and tourism information to the traveling public. This North Carolina Department of Transportation Visitor Center is managed by Camden County. Staff assist both highway and waterway travelers with a variety of services, including directions, maps, tourism suggestions and boating information.

The Welcome Center/Rest Area is located at 2356 Highway 17 N. in South Mills, NC and at Milepost 28 on the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, an alternate route on the ICW.  Amenities on the property include: 150' face dock, 24-hour rest room facilities, vending machines, dog park, visitor lounge with wi-fi and covered picnic tables. The Dismal Swamp State Park is located adjacent to the Rest Area.


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 "Voted one of the most beautiful Rest Areas in America" - Architectural Digest 2018

A Camden County View of Paddle for the Border 2016