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.
Adventures for Pettigrew State Park
Pettigrew State Park: Nature's Hide and SeekDifficulty:
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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.