Pettigrew State Park is located in the coastal region of North Carolina, 60
miles east of Greenville on a peninsula between the Albemarle and Pamlico
sounds. It is situated on the shores of Lake Phelps, our state’s second largest
natural lake. From the mysterious origins of the lake to artifacts from Native
Americans, Pettigrew has a rich and fascinating natural and cultural history.
Experience the Park!
■■ Tundra swan
■■ Snow goose
Pettigrew State Park
2252 Lake Shore Rd.
Creswell, NC 27928
GPS: 35.788863, -76.40381
■■ The park was established in 1936.
■■ Black bear
The park is home
to very large cypress
and sycamore trees.
Some have openings
large enough that
■■ Zebra swallowtail
■■ The Algonquin Indians were said to be
seasonal hunters to Lake Phelps.
■■ The north shore of Lake Phelps makes
up one of the last old-growth forests in
30 dugout canoes have
been located in the waters
of Lake Phelps. One is
4,400 years old.
■■ The average depth of Lake Phelps is 4.5 feet.
Maximum depth is 9 feet.
■■ At 16,000 acres, Lake Phelps makes up a
great deal of Pettigrew State Park.
■■ The origins of Lake Phelps are a mystery.
Theories include peat burn, underground
spring, wind and wave action, meteor
showers and glacier activity.
■■ The park is named after the Pettigrew family,
who owned a plantation on the lands of
today’s Pettigrew State Park. The original
home burned in 1869 but was rebuilt and
later dismantled in the 1950’s.
■■ Lake Phelps is fed mainly by rainfall, making
it one of the clearest and cleanest lakes in