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Merchants Millpond and Bennett's Creek

NC Coastal Overnight Trips

North Carolina's Coastal Region is full of amazing opportunities for overnight paddling trips. From easy single-nighters to challenging multi-night expeditions there is something out there for you! Below are a handful of our favorite locations, but we are not limited to these places. Let us know and we can help you pinpoint that perfect spot. Delivery/Shuttle Service or self-service transport are available.

Merchants Millpond and Bennett's Creek


Merchants Millpond and Bennett's Creek

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Have you ever wanted to paddle through a magical fantasy forest? Merchants Millpond may very well fit the bill. This compact and beautiful millpond is one of our owner's favorite places in the state to paddle. We offer canoe and solo kayak delivery to Merchants Millpond for self-guided trips and also offer a Trip Planning Service if you'd like assistance creating your perfect tripOr we can always set you up with our professional staff for a Guided Trip. 

Merchants Millpond State Park does offer canoe rentals on a first come first served basis. However, groups who need to insure availability of canoes and kayaks for overnight paddle trips may want to consider our Self-Guided Trip Service.

The Self-Guided Trip Service includes:

  • Pre-trip Planning Meeting
  • Maps of paddling area
  • Suggested gear list
  • Kayaks or canoes for your entire group
  • Delivery of boats (if needed)
  • Shuttle Assist (if needed)
  • Tents (if needed)


We do also have a SELF-SERVICE option if you would rather pick a boat up from our office and take it on your own. For Bear Island this is the only  option available to groups of 7 or less participants. This service only includes the boats and all necessary paddling gear. If you need some insight or suggestions on routes or campsites we are happy to assist. 


  • It is up to you to make your campsite reservations. We do have recommendations for certain sites please contact us for more info prior to making your reservation. 
  • Campsites can book up weeks, sometimes months out. Please be sure to make your reservation well ahead of dates you hope to go. Reservations can be made through the NC State Park at the following link:
  • Prices below = cost per boat (canoe or solo kayak). This means costs per person can range from $400-$120 per person based on group size, number of nights out, and type of boat reserved.
  • Please register online after you have verified trip dates and details with Frog Hollow Staff via phone or email. 

As funds are available, we can offer limited grants each year for non-profit groups and schools to run these trips. Please call or email to inquire.

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