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Sunset over Lake Phelps at Pettigrew State Park
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Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Tent and trailer campsites are open as of May 22, with the exception of group campsites. You must book a campsite through the reservations website or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

Trails and boat ramps are open. The swimming pier remains CLOSED. The park office is open with limited access. Night photography is permitted with a Special Activity Permit. Contact phone numbers are posted.

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 mask or 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: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Pettigrew State Park

Contact the park



Park office

2252 Lake Shore Road
Creswell, NC 27928

GPS: 35.7889, -76.4038



  • 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


  • Open Monday to Friday:
    8:30am to 6:00pm
  • Closed state holidays




Things to do

Hiking and Biking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.


Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and power vessels have ample room to enjoy Lake Phelps. The lake offers ideal conditions for sailing in shallow draft boats. Launch a canoe from Cypress Point or use the launching and docking facilities behind the park office.

Two N.C. Wildlife boat ramps provide access to the Scuppernong River. Canoe trails on Lake Phelps and the Scuppernong River offer paddlers the chance to view the area's environment up close.

A canoe trail winds through the park's nearby waterways, offering paddlers the chance to view the area's environment up close.


Enjoy swimming in the shallow clear waters of Lake Phelps. The designated swim area is located a short walk down Lake Shore Trail, behind the picnic area on the north side of the lake. The swim pier has two ladders so the water is easily accessible, even for small children. The square platform located at the end of the pier has seating, so visitors have a place to relax and keep an eye on swimmers. Lifeguards are not provided; adults and group leaders must provide swimming supervision.

There is no fee for swimming, and the swim area can be accessed during regular park hours by all visitors. Pets are not allowed in the swim area.


Lake Phelps is known throughout the state for its bass fishing. The lake teems with largemouth bass, yellow perch and pumpkinseed. Enjoy the challenges of pickerel and catfish as the Algonquians did 10,000 years ago.

From land, try your luck on the fishing pier, boardwalk, or the overlooks at Cypress Point. Wade fishermen can enter Lake Phelps at the Pocosin Overlook. Excellent fishing spots can also be found along the banks of the Scuppernong River, in addition to all of the ponds in the park. Anglers must have a fishing license and obey regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.


A large cypress grove supplies plenty of shade for picnicking. Tables and grills are provided with each picnic site, and restrooms and water are located nearby. The grassy field near the picnic grounds creates a great playground for all ages. Individual picnic sites are available on a first-come basis.

Picnic shelters offer a perfect setting for gatherings. The shelter located near the park office includes eight tables; the shelter at Cypress Point offers two tables, restrooms, water and a fishing pier nearby. Use is free of charge unless reservations are requested.

Area Attractions

Learn more about area attractions at the Tyrrell County Tourism and Washington County Travel & Tourism websites.