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“Wonderful Park”

Merchants Millpond State Park
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

With a friend, I hiked the Lassiter Trail and camped at the backpacking section, also hiked the Coleman Trail. The trails are well maintained and very scenic as they pass the Millpond and wind through the trees. There is also a family campground and camping in an area accessed by canoe. The Visitor Center has a knowlegable, friendly staff, restrooms, programs, exhibits, brochures, and a wonderful "backporch" with comfortable chairs to sit and enjoy views of the Millpond. I didn't see any, but alligators call Merchants Millpond home; should make for an interesting (and fast) kayak trip! Although occasional road noise could be heard, while camping we were serenaded by Great Horned Owls, and the constant sound of rushing water from the distant spillway.

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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Amazingly beautiful water experience. You can even camp on an island in the middle of a large lagoon. There are boat rentals or bring your own paddle driven water conveyance. Spanish Moss hangs down from the cypress trees in a way that takes you much further South than you actually are. It is reputed to be one of the top 10 kayaking destinations in the US East Coast.

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Reviewed November 28, 2011

You can rent a canoe and go gliding through a cypress forest submerged in shallow tea-colored water. Each tree is a different shape and you may even see a critter or two hanging out on a limb.

2  Thank Jimmianne
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

I try to get out to the millpond at least once a year. Sometimes to go hiking, sometimes to go canoeing and sometimes to do both. There are campsites if you want to spend the night. Some of the campsites are available via hiking/canoeing and some you can drive to. Trails vary in length and none are too difficult in my opinion. If you're going canoeing plan on a minimum of two hours to really get a feel for the millpond. I went to Lassiters Swamp (which is way up the swamp) years ago and it was beautiful. If I remember correctly that trip takes about 4 hours. Canoe rentals are very reasonable. I think if you've got your own canoe/kayak there is no fee but I'm not sure because I've always rented a canoe.

2  Thank beaufordtjustice
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

Merchants Millpond State Park is a surprising find for a state park in Eastern NC. Its concept is built around a natural inland swamp or "pocosin" that was once used as a millpond by early settlers to the Albemarle Region. Great stands of cypress trees with hanging moss are the signature image for Merchants Millpond and these trees help create the sense that this is sanctuary of nature. While the park is off the beaten path among vast pine forests and rural farms, it is a good destination for a camping trip or simply a daytrip to refresh the senses. On our daytrip, we enjoyed the rockers on the back porch of the visitor center and imagined that we were guests at a great lodge destination (just pretending!). However the visitor center is good and is, in fact, an award-winning design in green architecture. From the center you can walk some trails or rent a canoe for a trip around the cypress trees. The rangers have a marked canoe trail on the tree so you can't get lost. The state park campground is on the opposite side of the millpond and entered from another gate. Nice showers and tent pads are available for camping amongst the leafy green canopy of trees. Given the heat of eastern NC, camping is however more comfortable at Merchants Millpond in October through December and later on in spring. Buy your necessities before you get there as there is only a convenience store nearby for limited selections of grub and supplies. If you are a daytripper, historic Edenton, NC, is 35 miles away and has hotels, restaurants, and attractions of its own for your enjoyment. It is free to simply go to the visitor center and walk the trails.

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