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Prescribed Fire may occur...   

Prescribed fire may occur along Lassiter Trail between now and April 1, 2018. Be aware that park staff and DFR have a plan to burn the area around Lassiter Trail when optimal conditions exsist. When optimal conditions exsist Lassiter Trail, Canoe Campgrounds, and the Backpack campground will be closed and evacuated.  If the areas are occupied you will be required to evacuate. These campsites will be avaiable by walk in reservations only on Monday-Thursday from now until April 1 or until the burning is finished for the season.  Please adhere to signage and do not enter any closed areas.

 Posted on: Friday, March 16, 2018 - 6:36am
Prescribed Fire Lassiter Trail 3/16/18   

Park staff and DFR conducted a prescribed fire along portions of the Lassiter Trail on 3/16/18.  The trail is open.  You will encounter areas that have burned and may see small amounts of smoke in the interior.  Please do not enter the burned areas.  Report any concerns to Park Staff at the Visitor Center.

 Posted on: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 9:28am

Merchants Millpond State Park

Southern swamp and hardwood forest mingle at Merchants Millpond State Park, adorning the landscape with massive bald cypress trees, beech groves, Spanish moss and exotic wildlife. Canoes can be rented or visitors can bring their own for a unique paddling experience. Three types of camping are available at family and group campgrounds, primitive backpacking sites and three remote canoe-in campgrounds reached by paddling trails. The scenic pond is surrounded by picnic grounds, nine miles of hiking trails and a visitor center offering museum-quality exhibits. Some trail segments are open to biking. Fishing is available from the bank, or small boats (trolling motors only) may be launched at the boat ramp.

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Merchants Millpond State Park

176 Millpond Road
GatesvilleNC 27938
Latitude: 36.437105
Longitude: -76.701580

Park Hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March and October: 8am - 8pm
April, May, September: 8am - 8pm
June - August: 8am -9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Visitor Center Hours
November – February
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
March – October
8:00 am – 6:30 pm