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Sunset over Lake Phelps at Pettigrew State Park
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
 

252-797-4475

pettigrew@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Park office

2252 Lake Shore Road
Creswell, NC 27928

GPS: 35.7889, -76.4038
 

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

 

 

 

List of trails

Cypress swamps and hardwood forests alternate along the shore of Lake Phelps with trails offering overlooks for photography, birding and spotting wildlife. Bicycles are allowed on most trail segments.

 


Bee Tree Trail
Location: Begins at the park office

Description:

A one-mile section winds past the campground and Somerset Place. After wandering through a sweetgum forest, the trail leads to Bee Tree Overlook, a wooden platform offering a view of the lake and a place to observe wintering waterfowl. Between the site of Bonarva and the canal is a short trail leading to Pettigrew Family Cemetery.


Surface:

Length:
1.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:



Moccasin Trail
Location: Begins at the park office

Description:

Moccasin Trail leads northwest from the park office for approximately three miles to Moccasin Canal. After traveling through a cypress and hardwood forest, the trail stops at a 350-foot boardwalk, which cuts through a cypress swamp to Moccasin Overlook. This view of Big Point is one of the most impressive vistas in the area. Morotoc Trail continues from the overlook to Cypress Point. Bicycles are allowed on most of the park trails.


Surface:

Length:
2.80 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze: