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Merchants Millpond Hike

posted Feb 17, 2019, 4:16 PM by Justin P   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 4:38 PM ]
Sunday morning, it was very cold when we woke up and it was tough getting out of the tent.  After we got our stuff together, we drove to the visitor center at Merchants Millpond State Park to park and hike the entire Lassiter Trail today.  First, we got Alex's passport stamp.

It was quite chilly this morning, but hiking at a brisk pace kept us warm.  We stopped again at the scenic boardwalk near the picnic area - I think this is the most scenic part of the trail.

After splitting away from the Fire Road, the trail led past Lassiter Swamp, where Merchants Millpond begins.

After this point, it looped back around and soon we were on familiar trail again.  Back at the visitor center, we headed down to the boat dock for a nice view of the millpond.

We couldn't paddle today since we had Alex, so got on Bennetts Creek Trail and followed it to a road crossing.  Across the road, the trail made a partial loop.  There was an overlook about half way through the loop with a view of the swampy Bennetts Creek downstream from the millpond.

The trail finished up back at the road and we crossed over the dam.

At the boat ramp parking, we hiked the Coleman Trail, another 2-mile loop.  We stopped for a break and spotted an interesting mushroom growing on a dead pine tree.

The trail led to another view point on Merchants Millpond.

After we finished the loop, we followed the road back to Bennetts Creek Trail and finished our hike back at the visitor center.  We were all pretty tired by this point and it was an uneventful drive home.