Dismal Day

Join the Dismal Swamp State Park for Dismal Day! Festivities run from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and include craft vendors, food, music, cultural exhibits, bounce house, wagon rides, scavenger hunt, and much more! A 5K Fun Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m. Call to pre-register or register the day of the event, starting at 8:30 am. Registration is free! Reserve your Dismal Day souvenir t-shirt, limited quantity available! This family friendly event welcomes strollers and allows participants to walk/run at their own pace. Do not miss this annual family festival celebrating history and nature!

Event Date: 

October 21, 2023
8:30 am - Registration for the run
9:00 am - Run/Walk for fun starts
Followed by festivities of Dismal Day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm


  • Dismal Swamp State Park
  • 2294 US 17 North
  • South Mills, NC 27976
  • (252) 771-6593
  • (252) 771-8333
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