Camping at Pettigrew State Park is like camping back in time. The campground is located on the north side of Lake Phelps, also home of one of the best old growth forests in the state, featuring some of the oldest — and biggest — bay trees, sweet gums, persimmons and pawpaws in the state as well as Atlantic white cedars with trunks three feet in diameter and towering 100 feet.

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Getting there from downtown Greenville

photo courtesy N.C. Division of State Parks.

Address: 2252 Lake Shore Road
City: Creswell
State: N.C.
Zip: 27928
Latitude: 35.7919
Longitude: 76.4093
Distance: 1 hour 30 minutes from downtown
No. of campsites: 13
No. with hookups: None
No. without hookups: 13
Primitive sites: None
Reservations? Yes. 877-722-6762.
Cost: $20
Year-round? Yes (wash house is closed Dec. 1-March 15
Gate hours: Open daily at 8 a.m., closes at 6 p.m. November-February; 8 p.m. March, April, September and October; 9 p.m. May-August.
Stuff to do nearby: Hiking, paddling, nature