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Pettigrew State Park

Pettigrew State Park is a park on the Albemarle-Pamlico peninsula in Washington and Tyrrell Counties in eastern North Carolina.  The closest town is Creswell.  The main feature of the park is Lake Phelps, North Carolina's second largest natural lake at 16,600 acres.  The park protects most of the shoreline of the lake as well as additional land along the Scuppernong River.  Recreational activities in the park include boating on Lake Phelps and Scuppernong River, hiking trails along the lake shore, camping, and Somerset Place, a historical plantation.

Contact Information:

2252 Lake Shore Road
Creswell, NC 27928


Phone: (252) 797-4475

Directions:

From US-64 in Creswell, take exit 558 and turn left on Main Street, which becomes Spruill's Bridge Road.  In two miles, turn right on Thirty Foot Canal Road and drive 5 miles.  Turn left on Lake Shore Road and the park office will be on the right.

Map:

Hiking:

Moccasin Trail:

Length: 2.8 miles (one way)
Difficulty: Easy

Moccasin Trail is an approximately 3-mile trail that leads from the park office to Moccasin Canal through a lovely forest of hardwoods and cypress trees.  The trail runs parallel to the lake shore, but for much of the length, the trail is much too dense to see the lake.  There are a few openings, mostly closer to the park office. 

At the end of the trail, Morotoc Trail splits off and continues along the northern lake shore.  A 350-foot boardwalk leads from the trail's end out to Moccasin Overlook on the lake.  This boardwalk runs through a beautiful swamp at the lake's edge with cypress trees draped in Spanish moss.

External Links:

NC State Parks website: http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/pett/main.php

Blog Entries:

28Dec2013: Post-Holiday Outer Banks Trip

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