If your idea of the perfect vacation is being on, in, or near the water, you'll love Pettigrew State Park. Covering more than 5,300 acres in Tyrrell and Washington Counties, North Carolina, this big and beautiful park is a picture-perfect paradise for those who love water-based recreation. Even better, it's a park you can enjoy with your four-legged friend!
Pettigrew State Park sits on the shores of 16,000-acre Lake Phelps, so it's no surprise that boating, fishing, and swimming headline the list of park activities. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and power boats are all welcome to explore this substantial body of water, and visitors can launch a canoe from Cypress Point or use the launching and docking facilities behind the park office. There are also boat ramps providing access to the Scuppernong River, scenic canoe trails, and excellent bass fishing for anglers.
If you want to get wet, there's a designated swimming area where you can take a dip in the lake's clear, shallow waters. If you'd rather stay dry, a large cypress grove provides ample shade for the scenic picnic area. There are also a couple of hiking trails to explore, giving you the chance to explore the surrounding forest and maybe catch a glimpse of some of the native wildlife.
If you're staying the night, 13 campsites offer tent and trailer camping. Each site has its own picnic table and grill, with some sites enjoying ample shade and others offering open and grassy spots to pitch a tent. There are no park entrance fees to worry about, but nightly camping fees do apply.
Best of all, the campground is completely pet-friendly. Just make sure to keep your dog leashed and under control at all times, and remember to clean up after your pooch whenever required.
By doing your bit, you can help ensure that great state parks like this one remain open for you and your canine companion to enjoy together.