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Campground closure due to Hurricane    

Due to potentially damaging winds from Hurricane Isaias, campgrounds at Merchants Millpond State Park will be closed Monday, August 3, 2020 and Tuesday, August 4,2020. Please contact the park or visit the park's website for the latest updates and closures.

 Last updated on: Sunday, August 2, 2020

Construction Site    

Access area to the pier behind the Visitor Center is rerouted to the East side of the Visitor Center due to construction. Please stay out of the marked area. Thank you.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Status of park facilities as of July 21, 2020   

The family drive-up campground is open 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.  Expect longer than normal wait times for phone calls.

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

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

The picnic shelter is open for first come first served visitors and groups smaller than 25 people.

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: Tuesday, July 21, 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
     

 

 

 

Additional information

There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.

Fishing and Boating

All boating and fishing regulations of the Wildlife Resources Commission apply.

Permits

Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.

 

A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.