Merchants Millpond State Park

Trails Status

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Hiking Trails

Open

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Bike Trails

Open

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About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Merchants Millpond State Park

Located in Gates County 10 miles south of North Carolina's northeastern border with Virginia, Merchants Millpond State Park centers on a 760-acre millpond more than 190 years old. Hiking the surrounding trails or paddling the placid, shallow waters of the pond offer a great way to explore this wetland environment. Old-growth cypress trees adorned with Spanish moss create an "enchanted forest," particularly at Lassiter Swamp. Visitors have even spotted the American alligator here, at the northernmost point of its range. 

Camping

  • Tent sites (including backpacking sites and paddle-in sites)
  • Trailer sites
  • Group tent sites (including paddle-in only sites)
  • Showers
  • Firewood

Activities

  • Hiking (10 miles)
  • Biking (5 miles)
  • Paddling
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking

Amenities

  • Boat ramp
  • Boat rentals
  • Auditorium, classroom, and outdoor classroom
  • Picnic shelter
  • Visitor center and exhibits
  • Bathhouse

Plan Your Visit

Address

176 Millpond Road, Gatesville, NC 27938

GPS: 36.4371, -76.7016

 

Current Weather

27938 Gatesville, NC

Park Hours

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Hours

January 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

From November to February, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From March to October, open daily from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Education

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Scheduled Events at Merchants Millpond State Park

Park staff lead regularly scheduled interpretive programs that allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. Learning opportunities are available for all ages. Most events are free, though some may require pre-registration.
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