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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. 

Trails and restrooms are open.

The visitor center is open but the exhibit hall is closed. The auditorium and classroom are ONLY available for a limited number of students to gain access to virtual education. The current capacity of the visitor center is 12. Face coverings and social distancing are required for entry.

The picnic shelter is open for visitors and groups smaller than 50 people. Reservations are recommended.

Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. 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: Friday, September 11, 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


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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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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