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Backpacker Magazine – May 2000
The bawling in the black night is the spring chorus of hooting barred owls.
Getting There: From Gatesville, take US 158 east 4.3 miles to the state park.
Prime Time: Late February through April.
Guides: State Parks of North Carolina, by Walter C. Biggs Jr. and James F. Parnell (John F. Blair, Publisher, 336-768-1374; www.blairpub.com; $14.95).
Contact: Merchants Millpond State Park, (252) 357-1191; http://ils.unc.edu/ parkproject/memi.html.