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Orange Paddle Trail

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Current status of park facilities   

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.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 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

Orange Paddle Trail

Trail Length: 
0.75 miles
Trail Difficulty: 
easy hike
Trail Use: 
Paddling
Trail Blaze: 
orange

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