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After seeing some of the pictures I decided to call them ask how bad all the algae and overgrowth was and was told it was pretty clear. That was not the case, if you don’t plan on paddling with a kayak or maybe a canoe don’t risk it. I was going to take a Jon boat with a trolling motor and there are countless limbs and the overgrowth is terrible you will not make it through. Not the place to consider going if you want to camp out and fish
We where here mid week. The where very reasonably with all of our requests! Free late check out and such. Other campers were few and far between, seems to be a majority semi perm trailers. Lots of activities! Pool, Mini Golf, Game room, Amphitheater, Picnic area, Common Hall. Showers are nice and hot, nothing fancy. Babe said the men’s room was ehhh but ok. Would stay here again! I don’t believe that you could boat in as listed just FYI.
This place was awesome! They have two swimming pools, golf, put put, nature trails, pavilions, Church on Sunday, nice pull through shaded sites, pond for fishing or paddle boats, I mean I can go on and on. The staff is amazing and polite. Prices are low. Only down side is the shower room. It needs to be updated but still very functional. Great place we will be going back soon!
We camped here in the winter a few years ago and finally got back out there this last weekend. We brought a kayak and fishing gear this time and stayed 3 days.
The water is amazing! The deepest part of the lake is 9’ so you are able to walk around most of the lake. My kids loved this. The lake is the second largest in NC, so we spent about 6 hours just swimming, fishing and kayaking within eyesight of the dock. If you want to explore more, you need a boat.
I caught 7 large mouth bass and saw a lot of perch. 2 of them were keepers so I want to come back out again just to fish.
The campsite was pretty empty probably because of the heat, but site number 3 was large and had plenty of shade the whole day. The bath house was decent. Very clean and warm showers. The have a sink outside to wash dishes. Fires were allowed and the have cheap firewood on site. The office isn’t far and I had the kids take a wagon to grab ice twice.
Columbia is the closest town that has groceries or anything to eat. There is a back route to the campground from there along the refuge called Newlands Road. We traveled through there on the way back from a grocery run and saw a lot of wildlife including a baby black bear.
There are lots of trails and a boardwalk that is fun. Bring bikes and boats for the real experience. Also, bring bug spray. We had some citronella and mosquito coils but we still had to spray some off.
My kids and I had a blast here for three days. It is a very old site that surrounds an amazing lake.
The history being preserved is spectacular. Lots of hiking biking and only about 12 sites. There are boardwalks that meander through the swampy forest.
The water in Lake Phelps is perfectly clear. We didn’t get to explore it much without a boat but there are fish. Also, this lake is close to the outer banks so you can plan to go there as well.
We will definitely go here again and bring kayaks next time.
Campsites are nice but be careful the wooden borders is included in dimensions. Nice bathrooms with hot showers. Over 5 miles of easy hiking good for everyone. Gas station right outside visitor center entrance in case you forget anything. Not very many people here so its nice and quiet.
I love this little place in Elizabeth City. There is a little tiny beach nearby & it provides a beautiful view in during sunrise/sunset. There is not much else to do in the area but it is about an hour drive to the OBX so not too bad. I would suggest visiting at least once.
This cypress pond is a great place for anyone! They have a family campsite loop with a nice bathhouse in the middle, they have group walk-in and canoe in campsite and well as family canoe in. They have a fishing area and a on site canoe rental. The Millpond itself is huge!! They use a buoy navigational system on the water. No swimming though due to the huge Alligators that live there. Overall this is an affordable and momentous getaway that I visit every chance I get.
Merchants Millpond is a great state park if you want to explore a different kind of ecosystem. The heart of the park lies in its swamps filled with cypress trees and cypress stumps. There are several camping areas of different kinds. You can canoe in to one of their primitive campsites, which is on an island in the swamp. There are other hike-in primitive sites, group camping sites, and there are also the family camping sites. I stayed at the family camping site and decided to set up my hammock instead of a tent. If you stay at Merchants Millpond, make sure you take and use insect repellent and lots of it. I had the biggest problem with mosquitoes and ticks. If you stay in a hammock, make sure it has mosquito netting. The family camping sites have tent pads, lantern poles, and fire rings. The bath house is centrally located within a short walking distance of all of the campsites. The showers have hot water, but the bath house itself looks outdated. The canoe-in site that I explored only has a pit toilet, but it did have fire rings and picnic tables. You can hike to the island by way of a wooden bridge across the swamp, but it is mainly for those who want to canoe in. If you can go off trail, you can see lots of wildlife. I had the opportunity to do so since I was invited to participate in a search and rescue exercise. I only saw one snake, which is unusual not to see more, but I also saw a deer and couple of turtles. There is a bicycle trail, but the one I hiked on the most was the Lassiter Trail, which has a few wooden bridges and opportunities to experience the eastern woodlands and great views of the swampy millpond. Fortunately, I did not run into any bears or alligators, which are common in this area. The visitors center is large and modern, and there is a meeting facility. The person that I talked to at the visitors center was pleasant and was able to answer my questions. The staff is great to work with, and I know this because I volunteered to teach camping skills to 4H kids a couple of years ago at this state park. Overall, it’s a great state park, but it lacks the amenities of modern RV parks.