From Gatesville, take US 158 east 4.3 miles to the state park.
Late February through April.
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).
Merchants Millpond State Park,
(252) 357-1191; http://ils.unc.edu/