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Pettigrew State Park is a park located in two different North Carolina counties, Tyrrell County and Washington County. The park is named for J. Johnston Pettigrew, a Confederate general. Pettigrew was born and lived in Tyrrell County. Pettigrew was one of the division leaders responsible for the disastrous Pickett’s Charge. He, unfortunately, succumbed to injuries a few days after Gettysburg when he was attacked and killed. His death impacted North Carolina so deeply that the entire state held a day of mourning.

Pettigrew State Park is in a humid, subtropical climate. The winters in a subtropical climate are fairly mild. North Carolina gets snow at times, but it generally remains manageable. Summers are hot and humid and last a very long time. Warm temperatures stretch from March to October in most years.

Outdoors enthusiasts who rent an RV near Pettigrew State Park can reach the Raleigh-Durham area in a little over two hours and Norfolk, VA is only about 90 minutes away. Kill Devil Hills, NC, and other offshore communities are around an hour away from the state park, offering perfect destinations for a day trip with the family.

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Getting Outdoors

Pettigrew State Park was first established by the New Deal. Much of the state park is built along Lake Phelps. The lake is geologically one of the oldest lakes in that area of the continental United States. The Algonquian people have been fishing the lake for thousands of years. Travelers can book an RV near Pettigrew State Park to fish that same lake. Fishermen who have fished the lake have reported catching many different desirable game fish, including catfish and largemouth bass. So pack your rod and reel and set your eye on the big one.

Birdwatchers traveling to Pettigrew State Park can view many different species of waterfowl. The lake is home to Tundra swans, Canada geese, and other types. The park is also home to several species of migrating birds.

Boating enthusiasts can boat on Lake Phelps or the Scuppernong River. The lake and the river both have boat launches for you to enjoy. The lake accommodates rowboats, powerboats, kayaks, and canoes. Many sailors book an RV rental in Tyrell County so that they are able to enjoy the beautiful calm waters as they sail along the lake. Shallow draft boats tend to perform the best when sailing here.

Boaters can also launch canoes in the river. The river has mapped canoe trails that will ensure that you are able to view exciting pieces of the environment.

The park has about four miles of hiking trails that are generally fairly easy to navigate. They run through cypress and hardwood groves near the lake.

Camping at Pettigrew State Park

North Carolina campers can park their RVs at one of thirteen different campsites at Pettigrew State Park. The campsites feature grills and picnic tables. Some of the campsites are large enough for big rigs. However, none of the sites provide hookups or a dump station. Water, showers, and restrooms are centrally located at a building nearby.

Campers can also park and hike to primitive campsites. The primitive sites have water, vault toilets, fire rings, and tent pads.

Exploring The Area

Somerset Place State Historic Site in Creswell was one of the largest plantations in North Carolina before the Civil War. History buffs can rent an RV in Creswell to visit this site and explore the historic buildings. The museum features rebuilt slave dwellings, a rebuilt hospital, and a rebuilt plantation house. The museum tells the story of slavery, plantation economics, and the history of the South.

Bear-Ology Black Bear Museum in Plymouth is devoted to exhibits and artifacts about the black bear. The coastal plain of North Carolina has some of the largest black bears in the entire world and is the region most densely-populated by black bears.

God’s Creation Wildlife Museum, also in Plymouth, is a museum depicting many different animals from around the world. The animals are mounted by a taxidermist and paired with information about them. The information deals with the animals’ lives, habitats, and habits. Animal lovers can find animals from North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe when they rent an RV near Plymouth, North Carolina and explore the area.

Port O’ Plymouth Museum was the Atlantic Coastline Train Depot from the early 1920s. The museum features the history of the CSS Albemarle, an ironclad Confederate warship. The museum even features a replica CSS Albemarle for Civil War enthusiasts.

At Pettigrew State Park, interested travelers are able to find great fishing and hiking opportunities. Around the park, history enthusiasts will find a wealth of interesting stops as they set out on an amazing adventure.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


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