Merchants Millpond State Park RV & Campground Guide

North Carolina

Located in the sparsely populated northeastern corner of North Carolina, Merchants Millpond State Park is a unique ecosystem boasting over 3,296 acres of lush swamp forest and a coastal pond. Just like the rest of the state, the weather at Merchants Millpond State Park is generally sunny all throughout the year, which makes it a perfect spot for outdoor adventurers. This state park is home to an assortment of wildlife, including alligators, bobcats, mink, otter, and more. But perhaps the fascinating thing about Merchants Millpond is its proximity to the towns of Gatesville and Elizabeth City as well as an abundance of local museums. If you're planning a visit to Merchant Millpond sometime soon or are just curious to know what else makes it a favorite for North Carolina campers, read on.

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Spring 40-70 F
Summer 70-90 F
Fall 46-67 F
Winter 31-56 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Merchants Millpond State Park

There is a variety of camping opportunities in and around Merchants Millpond State Park. If spending a night inside a tent isn't your cup of tea, we genuinely recommend the comfort, warmth, and all-around glamping that an RV provides. If you don't own a recreational vehicle, consider getting a rental on RVshare that suits your personal needs. Of course, all rentals come with 24/7 roadside assistance, nationwide insurance, and a world-class team committed to helping you succeed.

Merchants Millpond State Park Campground

The good news is that Merchants Millpond State Park has a family campground of its own, equipped with drinking water, showers, and restrooms. One of the best-kept secrets in North Carolina, this campground has 20 trailer and tent sites. Unplug from the everyday noise and get out into the heart of nature with a stay in one of the sites at Merchants Millpond. Nightly charges start at $30.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Boat launch, picnic tables, grills, dock

Rocky Hock Campground

Rocky Hock Campground is located at the heart of Edenton, just a hop, skip, and jump away from Merchants Millpond. It prides itself on providing affordable camping amenities such as much larger back-in RV sites without sacrificing the "small town" vibe. It's within walking distance of beautiful golf courses, shopping, restaurants, and just minutes from Elizabeth City. Rates start at $40 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Laundry room, pool tables, hot showers

Davis Lake Campground

Located just 25 miles from Merchants Millpond State Park, Davis Lakes Campground features three beautiful lakes: 6-acre Catfish Lake stocked with largemouth bass and blue grill, 25-acre Lake Neal for fishing, and 18-acre Lake Helen for swimming. Here, you'll find 14 campsites, many of them with ample space to anchor a boat.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Boat ramp, restrooms, group shelter, flush toilets

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What to Do at
Merchants Millpond State Park

Inside Merchants Millpond State Park

Merchants Millpond State Park isn't just popular among campers; it's a hot spot for anyone who loves to have outdoor fun. It offers a beautiful ecosystem for nature lovers to explore. Don't miss a chance to hike or bike through the nine miles of trails encompassing Coleman Trail, Bennet Creek Trail, and Lassiter Trail. Don't end your vacation at the park without gliding through Merchant Millpond's tranquil, shallow waters aboard a kayak. You'll also want to spend a day exploring the Lassiter Swamp, a distinctive swamp where cypress trees loop out of the water. 

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How to Get to
Merchants Millpond State Park

From I-95, take the eastern exit on US-158. Travel northbound on US-158/US-13 and bear right to follow US-158 east. Then, turn right on Millpond road, drive approximately 0.5 miles, and go in at the picnic area entrance. You’ll find the Visitors Center on the right.

Entering Merchants Millpond State Park

Merchants Millpond State Park opens every day at 8 a.m. Between November and February, it closes at 6 p.m. March to May and September to October, it closes at 8 p.m. From June to August, it closes at 9 p.m.

Merchants Millpond State Park Day use : $0.0

Merchants Millpond State Park Campsite : $33.0

Starting at $33

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Frequently Asked Questions About Merchants Millpond State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Merchants Millpond State Park?

The gorgeous, 760-acre millpond at Merchants Millpond State Park is best enjoyed during the summer. Take your time hiking the lively trails or paddling the calm waters. Don't forget to check out the fascinating exhibits at the visitor center.

What is the climate of Merchants Millpond State Park?

Due to the nearby Appalachian Mountain range and Atlantic coast, much of North Carolina has a humid subtropical climate. Most of the state's rain comes in July in the form of summer storms. Snow is regularly found in mountainous regions.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Merchants Millpond State Park?

Bird watchers should keep an eye out for rock doves, snow geese, ducks, wild turkeys, hawks, herons, peregrine falcons and thrushes. Local mammals include white-tailed deer, coyotes, river otters, bats, mice, squirrels and skunks.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Merchants Millpond State Park?

You'll find about 20 campsites designated for tents and RVs at Merchants Millpond State Park. While these sites don't have electricity, they are close to modern bathroom facilities and drinking water spigots.

Are pets allowed at Merchants Millpond State Park?

You're welcome to bring your leashed pet to Merchants Millpond State Park. Pets are only allowed on pedestrian trails and in the campgrounds. If your pet is off their leash, you may be fined.