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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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A place for mystery!

We visited this park just for a short walk- and had our 2 y/o son with us, he wanted to expore everywhere- under path and in water as well... So am not that sure it is a place for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 January 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

We visited this park just for a short walk- and had our 2 y/o son with us, he wanted to expore everywhere- under path and in water as well... So am not that sure it is a place for little kids, but i myself found it so interesting, mysterious and peaceful at the same time...Liked it a lot and would... More 

2 Thank Olia P
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 684 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

Merchants Millpond is a hidden gem in the North Carolina State Parks system. Located in the sparsely-populated northeastern corner of the state, the park preserves a 200 year old millpond that had evolved into its own unique ecosystem. The best way to experience it is by boat. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from the park office or bring your... More 

2 Thank jmpncsu
Gatesville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

Staff is very friendly. a hidden gem in Gates County where people from all over the world come to see!

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Murfreesboro, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

I lived in this part of North Carolina for a number of years before discovering this park, but once I did it became a regular destination. Great hiking trails and camp sites for both families and large groups. I've hiked the 2 mile Coleman trail nearly a dozen times over the years, but the very short Cypress trail is great... More 

Thank PaulJohnH
Hampton, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

Canoe, hike or bike. Day trip or overnight camping. This is a beautiful Cyprus swamp. Most of the time it is lazy, but it can be disrupted by the sounds of wildlife. Speaking of wildlife, there are ticks here so bring your spray and check yourself or each other. Fly and mosquito pests will make themselves known too. We never... More 

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Amenia, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015 via mobile

We rented a 4 person kayak for $5/hr and took the self guided paddle through this amazing coastal swamp. Wrong time of year to see alligators but we saw plenty of turtles, a snake and birds. Fabulous experience. Highly recommend for families with children in the 5 and up range.

Thank Betsy R
Avenel, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

It was the memorial day weekend of 2015, and I needed a long drive and a relaxing break away from the busy life at New York City. Drove from New Jersey to NC, via Delaware and I must say that the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is just jaw dropping experience. Reached Millpond State park by 5pm, and started putting up... More 

2 Thank AshPad
Salisbury, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015 via mobile

My family had a great spring break at the park! We took our kayaks and explored the millpond. Excellent place to paddle with sites that you don't see many places. The park is also only 1.5 hours away from Kitty Hawk so we spent one day exploring on the N.C. Outer Banks.

Thank Jim B
Hartwell, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

The fall is the best time to take your canoe to see this nice state park! Insects like ticks can be a problem in summer. Camp on one of the islands for a unique experience!

Thank Jene D
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2015

Spent 3 days and 2 nights in the family campground at Merchants Millpond. I was the only camper the first night with a few campers arriving the next day. Although I stayed in a tent, the campsites can accommodate travel trailers and RVs. (No electric or water hookups available.) The bathroom facilities are clean, have hot water and well taken... More 

3 Thank Frank56Norfolk_VA

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