Merchants Millpond State Park

Trails Status

Hiking Trails


Bike Trail


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. 


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


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


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

Plan Your Visit


176 Millpond Road, Gatesville, NC 27938

GPS: 36.4371, -76.7016


Current Weather

27938 Gatesville, NC

Park Hours

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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.

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