Merchants Millpond State Park

Map of TRACK Trail at Merchants Millpond State Park

The Merchants Millpond State Park TRACK Trail follows the Coleman Trail, an easy and flat 2 mile loop. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the forest while exploring the habitats that surround Merchants Millpond.

An "enchanted forest," primitive species of fish relatively unchanged over millions of years, towering bald cypress trees with massive trunks, luxuriant growths of Spanish moss - this is Merchants Millpond State Park. Here, coastal pond and southern swamp forest mingle, creating one of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities. Together with upland forests, these environments create a haven for wildlife and humanity alike.

Track an adventure here
Collectible sticker for Merchants Millpond

Location Details

Recreational Features: Canoe / Kayak, Picnic Tables, Interpretive Programs, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center, Gift Shop
ADA Compliant: Partial
Seasonality: Open all year
Bald cypress trees growing out of the swamp
A group of kids cut the ribbon at the opening of the trail
Rough bark of a towering pine tree
Mossy path through the forest
White fungus growing up through moss
Straight path through the forest
View of algae covered pond from beneath a tree
Turkey tail fungus on a log

Adventures for Merchants Millpond State Park

Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

Merchants Millpond: Need for Trees

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.00
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, you will discover six common trees found in Merchants Millpond State Park. During your adventure, you will learn about the need we, and other animals, have for trees and about the roles they play in the forest.
Nature's Relationships brochure
Hiking

Merchants Millpond: Nature's Relationships

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.00
The Nature's Relationships brochure you will discover how everything in nature is connected... even us. As you walk along the trail, the brochure will tell you a story about a few of the relationships that can be found. Many more relationships exist, so keep your eyes and heart open and you will discover many of nature's relationships - even yours.
Animal Athletes brochure
Hiking

Merchants Millpond: Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.00
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to lizard pushups, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Nature's Hide and Seek brochure
Hiking

Merchants Millpond: Hide and Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.00
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.

Directions

176 Mill Pond Road
Gatesville, NC 27938
Latitude: 36.430863900000
Longitude: -76.697566700000

For directions and additional information, please click here for the Merchants Millpond State Park website. The TRACK Trail is located at the Cypress Point Trail/Coleman Trail parking lot. The Gatesville address will bring you to the park's visitor center; the GPS coordinates will bring you to the trailhead which south of the visitor center on Mill Pond Road. 

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The Merchants Millpond State Park TRACK Trail is made possible through a partnership between North Carolina State Parks and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program.