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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.  Friday-Sunday the CRS will take reservations as we hope to not burn on these days. Please adhere to signage and do not enter any closed areas.

 Posted on: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 9:46am
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.


Attention Kids!!!  Join a Ranger for a glimpse into the ways animals use effective camoflauge.  Meet at the Visitor Center classroom at 1:00 pm.  We will conduct the program rain or shine!

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/03/2018 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Classroom

This will be an program design to teach volunteers how to look for, what to look for and solutions on how to fix hiking trail issues.  We will be discussing trail issues but also working to resolve those issues on Lassiter Trail.  Bring hiking shoes/boots and a pair of work gloves.  For more information contact the park office at 252 357 1191.   

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/10/2018 - 2:00pm to 4:45pm
Start Location:
Merchants Millpond State Park A.B. Coleman Picnic Area

Celebrate St. Patricks Day with a 2 mile hike around the Colman Trail.  Meet at the Coleman Trailhead at 1:00 pm.  Please dress for conditions and wear sturdy shoes.  Things you could  bring include water, bug spray, and binoculars.  Don't forget to wear Green!

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/17/2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Coleman Trailhead

Come out to Merchants Millpond for a program focusing on alligators.  We will have a short lecture then go out on the pond to search for the wonderful creatures.  Canoe cost is $5.00 per canoe.  For more information or to register contact the park staff at 252 357 1191.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/24/2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This will be an introductory canoe course.  We will discuss how to safely use a canoe and then go on a paddle to demonstrate those skills learned.  Canoe cost is $5.00.  For more information or to register contact park staff at 252 357 1191.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/14/2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Merchants Millpond State Park Visitor Center

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