Pettigrew State Park

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John M
Raleigh, NC1,835 contributions
Nov 2020
Pettigrew State Park is on Lake Phelps, the second largest lake in North Carolina. The campground is small, but has a nice wash house with showers. It's unheated and closes December 1st. But within a short walking distance, the visitor center has heated bathrooms that are open year-round. The only negative was an RV running its very loud generator until late at night.
From the campground, there is a short hike to Somerset Place, a restored plantation. Beyond that is a nice hike to the Pettigrew family cemetery. A drive takes you to Cypress Point where we saw hundreds of tundra swans in their annual migration. The park is also relatively close to several National Wildlife refuges.
Written November 21, 2020
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Asheville, NC17 contributions
My husband and I ended up here while motorcycle camping up Eastern NC from Morehead City and I'm glad we did. We pulled in to the campground right as the sun was going down behind the lake and the scenery was stunning. There are a couple nature trails and overlooks, boat ramp and dock for fishing on the lake, and an old plantation house that was opened for tours during the day. The campground was small but well kept and the bathrooms were clean with hot showers (better than average for state park bathrooms). The park ranger was extremely helpful and obviously excited about the area. I fear this park suffers for traffic because its small and out of the way, but it really is beautiful and I'm glad we had the chance to see it.
Written October 14, 2010
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Pilot, Virginia9 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
Isolated...peaceful...this is the type of place you seek out purposefully. The ranger said it best, "you have to really work to get here". You come here for quiet exploration. We set out for a weekend of adventure and were openminded enough to find pleasure in the simplicity of the place...we canoed along the north shoreline of Lake Phelps (the sunset here is truly NOT to be missed!) hiked every trail park had to offer. We marveled at Somerset plantation... We drove along Shore Drive to Cypress Point, Pocosin Natural Area and were surprised and delighted to have that entire area to ourselves! The wildlife abounds here, especially for those willing to go 'the extra mile'. Watch for FROGS all around, even at the campsites and the path to the bathhouse! Spider webs can be annoying all along the trails...every few feet we had to swat away webs strewn across at eye level. All the spiders we saw were not harmful, though appeared quite scary. We saw a female canopy jumping spider on the fencepost around the goats at Somerset. Since we were there during autumn, the bugs seemed minimal. But we did not escape several mosquito bites, despite heavy coating of come prepared and stay alert...There are 3 types of venomous snakes here but we never encountered any, nor did we see a black bear which we were told are in abundance here. Nonetheless, what most people would dislike about this place, we absolutely love. We selfishly would prefer to keep quiet about it, it's the type of place we hope never changes.
Written October 12, 2013
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Raleigh, NC4,361 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
Pettigrew State Park is a hidden gem in the NC State Park System, although it's located just a few miles off US-64 on the way to the Outer Banks. It's remoteness, however, is one reason it's so nice. No crowds, no traffic, just an opportunity to be out in nature away from the hectic pace of everyday life. The main feature of the park is Lake Phelps, North Carolina's second largest natural lake at 16,600 acres. Boating opportunities are plentiful on the lake, the nearby Scuppernong River, and canals within the park. There is a small campground for camping on the lake and Somerset Place, a historical plantation, is located within the park. Several hiking trails run along northern lake shore. My wife and I recently visited and had a lovely picnic lunch by the lake and then hiked the Moccasin Trail. This trail is just under six miles round trip from the park office to Moccasin Overlook and back. Although the trail runs along the lake shore, dense forest prevented views of the lake for most of the trail. Vegetation was so dense in a couple places that it formed a "tunnel" along the trail. At the end of the trail, a 350-foot boardwalk leads to the overlook. The overlook provided nice views of the lake, but the highlight was the swamp through which the boardwalk led. It was full of beautiful cypress trees draped in Spanish moss and really made the hike memorable. And we didn't see another person the entire time. As a warning, this swampy area can be very buggy in the warmer months. I would recommend visiting in the winter when the bugs are dead or bathing in bug spray before visiting.
Written January 5, 2014
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Sarah C
Jacksonville, nc34 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
My husband and I stayed here Labor Day weekend. We arrived after the office closed which was not an issue. We had reserved our campsite online to avoid any issues with securing a site. The drive into the park is beautiful, nothing but wide open spaces. The park itself is very well kept and clean. The plantation was gorgeous, like you stepped back in time almost. So peaceful and quiet. You'd think since it was Labor Day there would be lots of people but I suppose the remote location of the park had to do with the lack of visitors. Most campsites were occupied but there are only 12 or so. Everyone was respectful of quiet hours and what not. We even had a ranger stop briefly to welcome us and let us know if we needed her she's be there all weekend. The only cons to this park are the bugs, which are sneaky! I had 60 bites at the end of the weekend and didnt feel a single one bite me! In addition the the bugs, there are VERY FEW stores in the area, so come prepared to the fullest! Oh! We also had an adorable, friendly orange cat hang around out campsite on and off all weekend. It was nice as we had left our dogs at home and are huge animal lovers!
Written September 24, 2012
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Edenton, NC136 contributions
Dec 2011
In 2003, a major hurricane hit this park and devastated the trails. The previous superintendant got them back open with 4 months. In August, a minor hurricane brushed by the park, knocking some limbs down and a few small trees. The trails are still closed a week before Christmas. Apparently, they are waiting for a grant to clean up the trails, and "they might be open by next summer." What? There are several rangers and others on staff at this park that could have opened the trails by now just working 1-2 days per week on them. Very disappointed in their attitude. It is almost as if they really don't want them open so they don't have to man the station on weekends or deal with too many people visiting the park. I was going to bring a pack of Cub Scouts here in March, but we will likely go elsewhere. Again, very disappointed with this park's management.
Written December 18, 2011
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Greenville, North Carolina, United States44 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
I am giving the park a three because I mostly blame myself for the experience. Being familiar with Hyde County (a different county located nearby) I should have known better than to go on a warm day. My wife and I arrived anxious to do some hiking. Knowing that we were about to enter the woods we liberally applied insect repellant. The problem was that the mosquitoes at Pettigrew laugh at insect repellant. While the number of bites we received was minimal, we were constantly swarmed by mosquitoes (I'm talking horror movie proportions) for about a half hour up the trail before we decided to head back to the car. I know some will say, "Surprise! The woods have mosquitoes!" but I have never actually experienced anything this bad before.

That being said, I fully intend to try Pettigrew State Park again, because I am sure it has a lot to offer. I just will not go on a day when the temperature is above 50 degrees.
Written April 9, 2012
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115 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Pettigrew Park is way off the beaten path but worth it for kayaking, camping, fishing and swimming. It is a great family get away. The park features a small museum with amazing local artifacts and taxidermy. The array of wildlife depicted in the museum that could be seen at various times of the year is truly amazing. I went to this park 40 - 50 years ago as a child and it is just as remote and unchanged by time. Be sure to visit Someret while you are there. Enjoy this clean, pretty place!
Written December 11, 2018
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Kim G
Sarona, Wisconsin, United States315 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
This little park is nice, quiet, beautiful and peaceful.....but if you are using an RV to camp here stay clear of site #1. It's a nice large site but the driveway to get into it is narrow because of a very large tree. The worst part are the tree's roots which are in the driveway and near impossible to back an RV over them without ripping your bumper off. Other than that, this park is wonderful even though it's small and has no hookups.
Written April 12, 2017
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Merrill L
Trade, TN89 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
We camped here for 3 nights over the Thanksgiving holiday. A beautiful, peaceful, quiet place for people who love nature as we do. The campground is small and basic with no hookups but the bathroom is super clean with nice hot showers. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Located right on Lake Phelps in a beautiful old growth forest of towering baldcypress. A nice boardwalk with several overlooks along the lakeshore runs from the campground. Great fishing if you bring a boat and also great for stargazing since it is in a very remote area with no light pollution. Also a great spot for birding, particularly during the fall and winter when flocks of swans, geese, and other waterfowl use the lake and nearby farm fields for roosting and feeding.

Definitely worth spending time here during any season if nature immersion is your thing.
Written December 2, 2016
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