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A summer day at Merchants Millpond State Park
Construction Site    

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
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Nine miles of trails with many varied habitats offer a place to stretch muscles left stiff from hours of canoeing. The Fire Road and a section of Lassiter Trail are open to bicyclists. Merchants Millpond is heavily infested with ticks during warm weather months; be cautious while hiking. Insect repellent may help prevent a tick bite and the possibility of disease. Tuck trousers into long socks and tuck a long-sleeved shirt into pants. Check often for ticks. Wear light colors so that ticks may be easily spotted and removed. For other tips, contact park staff.

 


Bennets Creek Trail
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Description:

Surface:

Length:
2.00 miles
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white blazes

Camping Paddle Trail
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Description:

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Length:
4.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
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Coleman Trail
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Description:

The Merchants Millpond State Park TRACK Trail follows the Coleman Trail, an easy and flat 2 mile loop. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the forest while exploring the habitats that surround Merchants Millpond.


Surface:

Length:
2.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:

Cypress Point Trail
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Description:

A self-guided interpretive trail, it provides beautiful views of the millpond.


Surface:

Length:
0.33 miles
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white

Fire Road
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Description:

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Blaze: