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My group and I stayed at the Benett’s creek high ground primitive camp sites 1-3. It was a 4.5 mile paddle to the site, then roughly 1.5 down to the dock with a staged vehicle. The only complaint is the houses near the sites had a dog that barked all night. Super annoying.
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!
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.
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.
While this was quite a trek for us from Charlotte, it was worth it. We stayed five nights in March 2018 in the family campground. The site was clean and spacious, easy to maneuver our small (18ft) TT into. Although there are no hook ups, there are water points close to every site, and a centrally located bathhouse. We received enough sunlight during the day for our solar panels to keep any batteries that needed it (including the TT battery) charged up. The staff at the visitors center was incredibly friendly, including the rangers who were eager to answer any questions we may have had. We rented a canoe and toodled around the pond in search of the resident alligator which we found. They do advise of a known tick problem, but with taking the proper precautions we had no problem with us or the dogs. We will absolutely be back.