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Aug012012

Merchants Millpond State Park

Description

The 760-acre millpond that is the park's focus is more than 190 years old. Towering bald cypress and tupelo gum trees, displaying growths of Spanish moss and resurrection ferns, shade the pond's dark, acidic waters. More than 200 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Watch and listen for a variety of warblers, including Northern Parula, Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warbler. In winter, a variety of waterfowl stop by on their journey south. Visitors may catch a glimpse of a Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, Pileated Woodpecker, Barred Owl, or a Redshouldered Hawk on their visit. Trek on any of the nine miles of trails that pass through the park. The best way to explore Merchants Millpond, however, is by canoeing across the park's shallow waters. Marked canoe trails lead from the boat ramp to canoe campsites. Venture out of the millpond and take slow-moving, dark-water Bennetts Creek through Lassiter Swamp, among mistletoe, hanging Spanish moss and ancient cypress trees.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Whip-poor-will, Prothonotary Warbler

Habitat

floodplain forest, millpond

Special Features/Concerns

Pay close attention if exploring the park by canoe or kayak. It is easy to become disoriented in the swamp forest.

Access and Parking

Parking is available at the canoe access area on Millpond Road. The park is open from 8am to 6pm, November - February; 8am to 7pm, March and October; 8am to 8pm, April, May, and September; 8am to 9pm, June - August. Canoe rentals available. A boat ramp and pier near the parking area offer access to the water.

Directions

From Gatesville, take US 158 East for 5 miles. Turn south on Millpond Road (SR 1403) and follow signs to the parking and canoe access area.

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