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Park staff is hoping to conduct prescribed burns during the late winter and early spring.  This may result in temporary closure of some trails, campgrounds, or facilities on short notice.  It should not affect weekend park operations.  If you have any questions please call the Park Office at (252)357-1191.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Events and Programs

Merchants Millpond State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Have you ever wondered what species a particular tree is but it was winter so it did not have leaves?  If so you can join a Ranger to learn some clues to help you identify our woody friends even when they have given away the usual ways we identify trees.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am and be prepared for a short hike.  If you have a tree field guide feel free to bring it!  For more information please call (252)357-1191.

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/23/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

The alligators at Merchants Millpond State Park are one of the most asked about creatures we have.  March is a great time to see them on the pond.  This is a canoe program and we will be on the pond for about an hour looking for the wonderful alligators.  We do ask that you register ahead of time and a $7.00 canoe rental fee is required.  For registration and for more information contact park staff at 252 357 1191.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/09/2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Merchants Millpond State Park Visitor Center

The alligators at Merchants Millpond State Park are one of the most asked about creatures we have.  March is a great time to see them on the pond.  This is a canoe program and we will be on the pond for about an hour looking for the wonderful alligators.  We do ask that you register ahead of time and a $7.00 canoe rental fee is required.  For registration and for more information contact park staff at 252 357 1191.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/23/2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Start Location:
Merchants Millpond State Park Visitor Center

We will be taking a trip up into Lassiter Swamp.  This will be a 6 hour canoe trip, it takes 2 1/2 hours to get up to an island where we will stop for lunch, afterwards we will contiune to the big tree and then back  2 1/2 hours to the Merchants Millpond State Park Visitor Center.  We do ask that you bring your own lunch, a pair of knee boots.  This is a very intensive trip as we fight the current going and the wind on the way back.  If you have any questions or to register, call the park staff at 252 357 1191. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/20/2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Merchants Millpond State Park Visitor Center
Contact:

Merchants Millpond State Park

176 Millpond Road
GatesvilleNC 27938
Phone252-357-1191
merchants.millpond@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.437105
Longitude: -76.701580

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March and October: 8am - 8pm
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June - August: 8am -9pm
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8:00 am – 5:00 pm
March – October
8:00 am – 6:30 pm