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A summer day at Merchants Millpond State Park
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Access area to the Millpond behind the Visitor Center is CLOSED due to construction. Please stay out of the marked area. Thank you.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Status of park facilities as of May 22   

The family drive-up campground opens on Friday, May 22 for ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ONLY. We will not be taking walk-up reservations during this time. You can reserve a campsite online or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

Primitive backpack and paddle-in campsites remain CLOSED. Group campsites are also CLOSED.

Trails and restrooms are open, but the visitor center, picnic shelter, and canoe rentals are CLOSED.

All events and programs have been CANCELED until further notice.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Merchants Millpond State Park


Contact the park
 

252-357-1191

merchants.millpond@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

176 Millpond Road
Gatesville, NC 27938

GPS: 36.4371, -76.7016
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to May:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • November to February:

Open daily:​
8:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • March to October:

Open daily:​
8:00am to 6:30pm
 

  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Camping

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMENITIES:

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.

 

A variety of settings offer camping experiences for large and small groups. Drive to the family campground, paddle to the canoe camping sites or backpack to the primitive sites. Facilities may be limited in winter months.

 

Tent and trailer camping

The family campground is in the midst of a pine/hardwood forest just beyond the park office. Twenty campsites for tents and trailers offer picnic tables and grills. A washhouse with drinking water, restrooms and showers serves the campground. There are no electrical hookups, water or dumping station.

 

Group camping

Organized groups will enjoy a stay in the walk-in group camping area or in a canoe camping group site.

Facilities for the walk-in sites include a small washhouse with a shower. Drinking water is available nearby.

 

Backpack camping

Reach five campsites for backpack camping by hiking a side trail off Lassiter Trail.

Campers must pack all supplies, including water, to the sites. A pit toilet is nearby.

Views of the "enchanted forest" and Lassiter Swamp await those who travel to the backpack camping area.

 

Paddle-in camping

Reach three canoe camps by way of paddle trails leading from the boat ramp.

Orange markers lead to the family canoe camp with 10 sites. Yellow markers lead to the group canoe camp, which offers three sites. Pit toilets are available, but campers must carry in all supplies, including water, and carry out their trash.

The third canoe camp is located down Bennett's Creek, approximately 4.5 miles from the boat ramp. Bennett's Creek canoe-in campgrounds are carry-in, carry-out with no restrooms.