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A summer day at Merchants Millpond State Park
Current status of park facilities   

All campgrounds at Merchants Millpond have reopened. You can reserve a campsite online or by calling 1-877-722-6762. Expect longer than normal wait times for phone calls.

Hourly canoe rentals remain CLOSED. Canoe rentals are available for canoe-in campers only for 24-hour rentals. 

The Classroom and Outdoor Classroom are not available for rentals at this time due to other operational needs for those facilities.

Lassiter Trail has been rerouted.  The trail begins at the Visitor Center and is a distance of 7 miles.  The current maps are not an accurate representation of the trail.  Please follow the White circle blazes posted along the trail.  There are times that the bicycle trail and Lassiter trail run together.  The bicycle trail is blazed with Red Triangles.  Bikes are only allowed on sections of trail that are blazed with Red Triangles.  Bikers must announce their presence, make sure the hikers see them, and slow down while passing hikers.

Please continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines throughout the park.  Masks are strongly encouraged for visitors that are not vaccinated.  Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

 Last updated on: Saturday, June 12, 2021


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
Location:

Description:

Surface:

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

Camping Paddle Trail
Location:

Description:

Surface:

Length:
4.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:

Coleman Trail
Location:

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
Location:

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
Location:

Description:

Surface:

Length:

Difficulty:
Blaze: