Merchants Millpond State Park is the home of aged cypress trees, spanish moss and a coastal swamp area. This is one of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities. Canoeing, fishing, camping, picnicking and hiking through the enchanting area are all popular activities here.
Posted by: TrailAPI
on March 6, 2013
Hiking, fishing, canoeing, camping and picnicking.
Drinking Water, Flush Toilet, Grill, Picnic Table, Showers
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Reviews of Merchants Millpond State Park
Reviewed by Tala Smith on September 6, 2014
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This was a long drive from Greenville, but worth every mile. Beautiful location with tall pines, plenty of shade, and that lushness that makes a forest a true haven from the outside world. I LOVE this campground for the separation between sites - distance and trees. The layout is great. The sites are not cramped at all, plenty of space to yourself. The bathrooms/showers are spacious and well-maintained. That hot shower comes in handy because.... TICKS! That is the solitary downside to this area, and in all my life I have never encountered so many of them. It was a horror show. I have to be honest, they are not impressed by Back Woods Off, Deep Woods Off, any of it in any amount. (I may never get the residue out of those boots.) That problem aside, this is a magical location with an almost unreal population of fireflies that come out at night (season depending). More than I have ever seen of those as well. They kind of made up for the ticks. :-) There are trails to hike of varying lengths that are wonderful excursions to immerse yourself in the woods. We saw 3 variety of turtles along the way, many different birds and butterflies, and of course dragonflies because this area has a lot of water. There are snakes, so take precautions. You can also rent canoes and possibly see an alligator if you get out on the lake. I would go back, but quite possibly after more research on what to use as a repellent. The mosquitos in Summer months can also be vicious and I had 2 legs full of bites to prove it. Cover up!
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