Merchants Millpond is about 2.5 hours & 145 miles East of Raleigh. Those attending will split the cost of the event (camping fees). I will collect money from those that attend the event. We may get senior citizens price as long as someone that is a senior is there when I sign in otherwise the cost will be a bit more. Senior price for 3 nights including the reservation fee rounded up is $40.00.
Camp with us from Thurs April 11th through Sunday April 14th in this "enchanted forest," primitive 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.
Escape the hectic pace of life and find sanctuary in a canoe. Drift along the smooth, dark surface of the millpond and savor the many sights and sounds that come alive in the stillness of the forest. Journey into remote and undisturbed Lassiter Swamp, a place that embodies the spirit of adventure, and see what you can discover.
You are responsible for your own boat (canoes are available for campers to rent from the park), gear, food, camping supplies and so forth...in other words you are responsible for yourself. This trip is not a beginners trip. You must dress appropriately since the water will still be very cold and you must wear a PFD on all trips and at all times while on the water. Simply Kayaking is not responsible for anyone attending. If you question whether you should attend this event then perhaps this isn't the trip for you.
We have reserved Group Site #1 which will put the paddlers closest to their canoes/kayaks. Campsite is about 50 yards from takeout area. Pit toilet is available. Canoe/Kayak camping: Yellow markers lead to the group canoe camp, which offers three sites. Marked canoe trails lead from the boat ramp to canoe campsites.
During paddling events the weather and water conditions can be unpredictable for safe paddling conditions. All participants take the responsibility for making their own decisions including: whether to participate in a paddling activity, what you may choose to wear, what equipment you use, the routes you may choose to paddle, whether your skill levels and abilities are appropriate for the activity, and whether weather and water conditions are appropriate for your participation.You also take the responsibility for any guest that you may bring as well. Make the BEST decisions for you and your guests personal safety!!! We want everyone to have a good time, but we mainly want everyone to be SAFE!!!