Merchants Millpond State Park, Gatesville

#13 of 22 in Nature in North Carolina Coast
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Merchants Millpond State Park is a North Carolina state park in Gates County, North Carolina, in the United States. Located near Gatesville, in North Carolina's coastal plain, it covers 3,520 acres (14.2 km2) around a 200-year-old, 700-acre (280 ha) millpond and Lassiter Swamp. Canoeing is one of the park's major attractions. Alligators live in its large cypress swamps.
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  • The Millpond is idyllic for no where else I've ever been. It's like paddling on black glass, with vibrant reflections of the amazing trees. The campground is quiet, the campsites are.....  more »
  • Merchants Millpond is the hidden gem of the NC State Parks! I was initially hesitant to schedule a trip based on it's description as a "swamp" but I am so glad I did. Firstly, the drive to the park...  more »
  • First, this place had the cleanest bathrooms I've ever seen at a park! The camp areas, the canoes, everything showed the care that the staff puts into this place. Secondly, do canoe the pond. The Cyprus we're haunting and beautiful, the water smooth. Come in the spring or fall to see the gators sunning! Lastly, this is a great launching point to visit areas like the Outer Banks or Norfolk. It's all close from here and you'll have a peaceful quiet place to come back to. Loved our stay and will definitely come again!
  • Great campsites. Be careful because the measurement of the tent pad is with wooden border. Long trail and very easy. All sites are well shaded and bathrooms are clean enough. Wood is expensive but gathering is allowed. Gas station located right outside of park in case you forget anything.
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