Pettigrew State Park

Map of TRACK Trail at Pettigrew State Park

Visitors can explore 16,000-acre Lake Phelps and its surrounding landscape by land or water at Pettigrew State Park. The fishing is legendary and boaters with kayaks, canoes and shallow-draft boats will find easy launch sites. Also, nearby access allows boaters onto the placid, blackwater Scuppernong River. Trails wind past some of the oldest, most majestic trees in the coastal region, and bikes are allowed on most trails. A 13-site family campground and a group campground are close to park amenities, and picnic grounds make good use of a shading cypress grove and grassy lawn. The park is rich in history with a display of ancient American Indian dugout canoes, and the grave of a Confederate general.

The Pettigrew State Park TRACK trail begins at Lake Shore Trail and ends at the Pettigrew Family Cemetery for a 1.50 mile hike.

Here you can explore one of eastern North Carolina's last old growth forests. Along the trail, keep an eye out for a variety of plant and animal life. Discover trees that are among the largest of their species. Some Bald Cypress tree trunks measure up to 10 feet in diameter. During the winter season, ducks, geese, and swans use Pettigrew State Park as a primary wintering ground, making the park a great place for bird watching.

You can also stop by the Somerset State Historic Site and the Pettigrew Family Cemetery and learn a little about the antebellum south.

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Collectible Sticker for Pettigrew State Park

Location Details

Recreational Features: Canoe / Kayak, Camping, Fishing, Interpretive Programs
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center, Pet Area
ADA Compliant: Partial
Seasonality: Open all year

Adventures for Pettigrew State Park

Nature's Hide and Seek brochure
Hiking

Pettigrew State Park: Nature's Hide and Seek

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.00
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.
Animal Athletes brochure
Hiking

Pettigrew State Park: Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
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.
Birds of the Coast brochure
Hiking

Pettigrew State Park: Birds of the Coast

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
The Birds of the Coast brochure shows kids where to look for different birds along the trail. The brochure contains illustrations of some of the more common birds found at Vereen Memorial Gardens and information on how to identify them through various clues.
Need for Trees brochure
Hiking

Pettigrew State Park: Need for Trees

Difficulty:
Easy
Trail length:
1.50
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, you will discover six of the more common trees found in the area. 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.

Directions

2252 Lake Shore Rd.
Creswell, NC 27928
Latitude: 35.789426800000
Longitude: -76.403483900000

Partners

The Pettigrew State Park TRACK Trail was made possible through partnerships formed between the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the National Park Service.