Photographers Loop is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gatesville, NC that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great intro trail to the local trail system. We hike this and the other trails at Merchant's Mill Pond State Park on a regular basis. We visit all year long, although the fall and winter are my favorites. During the late spring you need to prepare for red bugs (chiggers.) I also have some good snake pictures, mostly red bellied water snakes and black tree snakes.
This was a beautiful little loop trail. The kind you wish would last longer. It follows the Cyprus trees along the edge of the lake for about a third of the way. But if you do it as an out and back it is about two thirds of the way.
What a beautiful trail. As you face the visitor center go to the far left corner of the parking lot. Take the trail down the hill. When you come to the Lassiter Trail, turn right and follow it all the way to Millpond Road. One option is to turn around and follow the Bald Cyprus lake back the way you came. But to finish the loop, turn right on Millpond Road and right again toward the visitor center.