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Merchants Millpond State Park

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Address: 71 US Highway 158 E, Gatesville, NC 27938-9440
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+1 252-357-1191

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Thanksgiving Road Trip

This was our 2nd state park visited on the thanksgiving road trip, and it was absolutely fantastic. Pictures do not do justice of the beauty of this park. Just go and be amazed by... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 December 2016
Dobson, North Carolina
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Dobson, North Carolina
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This was our 2nd state park visited on the thanksgiving road trip, and it was absolutely fantastic. Pictures do not do justice of the beauty of this park. Just go and be amazed by the cypress. I would recommends going when it's cool weather because of insects. We went in November and it was perfect.

Thank MenaDance
Norfolk, Virginia
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591 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

A cold overcast day is probably not the best time to evaluate a Park. Luckily I had been there before. The visitor center has a great display of history, flora and fauna in the modern visitor center. Staff are friendly and exhibits are professional. Boasting its very own alligator, the lake and estuaries have wild beauty. You can rent canoes... More 

Thank Robert B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We brought one kayak and rented a double (they don't have singles) on a Saturday morning. Two other groups were checking in but the kind woman at the counter got us in and out quickly. The weather was perfect and although I expected more color the views were amazing. We loved the reflection on the water and couldn't stop taking... More 

Thank bdaygirl
Charlotte, North Carolina
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I led a large University of NC Outing Club canoe/kayak camping trip into the Great Dismal Swamp, which was, no pun intended, bleak. Then, on the way back, we stopped for an unscheduled visit to Merchants Millpond State Park, which was spectacular. We canoed out way through beautiful Cyprus trees. My friend Marc got this spectacular picture of 5 turtles... More 

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North Central Texas
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

An otherworldly experience! Gorgeous Tupelo and cypress trees emerging from dark waters that reflected the sky and canopies above. We kayaked the lake, and went the longest route. Some of the buoys were difficult to spot at times, so we were a little worried about that. We could see how it might be easy to get lost, but we made... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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207 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We visited with our Cub Scout Pack for the weekend in the group camping area. There was plenty of room, the bathrooms were near enough, the drinking water was near enough also. Trash cans were in the campsite and emptied daily. While there was another group in a different section of the group area, we overlapped only at the toilet... More 

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Ahoskie, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

We camp here several times per year, with family and with scouts. Our two spring trips were excellent, although be careful of the red bugs (chiggers). It is well worth your time and money to treat your clothes with permethrin in the spring and early summer. Later in the year I enjoy it even more and the red bugs seem... More 

Thank Terry428
Norfolk, Virginia
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

Camped here this past weekend and it was lovely! The campsites are private, and beautiful. The staff was extremely helpful. Canoeing was peaceful, even on a busy weekend! We loved Bennetts Trail--thought we'd see Yoda as it looked like his home planet! : ) Definitely want tol return!

1 Thank lea743
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

We were recommended to visit this park and were really pleased that we did. We started the day with one if the marked walks around part of the pond and then hired a canoe at very reasonable rates to explore the millpond further. We visited in mid March on an unusually hot day and vertically had the pond to ourselves.... More 

1 Thank Neil F
Otway NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

Located in the NE corner of NC. We go there several times a year to camp out and enjoy the area. There are several hiking trails and the rangers conduct guide hikes and can point out the history of the area and other things you might miss. If you like to paddle then bring your own canoe or kayak or... More 

1 Thank Greg W

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