Pettigrew State Park
2252 Lake Shore Road, Creswell, NC, USA
www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/… - (252) 797-4475
Pettigrew State Park Creswell Reviews
Stretching the Legs Dec 28, 2012
It was a wee bit chilly for a morning ramble, but my lovely wife is very gracious about her husband’s need to hike. There were multiple attractions for Pettigrew State Park, including hiking trails and Somerset Place, a large slave plantation (reviewed here separately). The lake is huge and quite shallow, home to cypress trees and an extensive variety of birdlife.
The park is named for Confederate General James Johnston Pettigrew, who led North Carolina recruits in Pickett’s ill-fated charge at Gettysburg. Though Pettigrew survived that massacre, he was fatally wounded during the retreat and managed to return to the homeland to expire – the family cemetery is one of the sites at Pettigrew. Although the Pettigrew’s ran a farm adjacent to Somerset Place, they were not the plantation owners (the Pettigrew farm was known as Bonarva and recognized as a model of modern farming in the 1830’s).
Pettigrew offers nice facilities. There is a splendid cypress grove at the ranger station for picnicking and extensive camp sites (none occupied late December, lol). The supporting facilities appear excellent and I can only hope they do a brisk business in warmer times.
The trail we hiked led to Bee Tree Overlook, which was less than stunning. However, it was a very easy mile jaunt and the trail was well maintained. I will note that we declined the longer trek (seven miles round trip), Moccasin Trail, which the state park’s pamphlet heralded as leading to Moccasin Overlook, “one of the most impressive vistas in the area”. There was a nice stack of canoes at the ranger station, so it seems there are plenty more options to enjoy this pleasant spot off the main roadways in North Carolina.
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