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Medoc Mountain State Park
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Medoc Mountain State Park
Description - This lovely mountain area has an agricultural history. The land was once the property of Sidney Weller, a noted farmer and educator. He cultivated grapes here during the 19th century. Weller produced a highly acclaimed wine known as Weller's Halifax and is credited with developing the American system of grape culture and winemaking. It was Weller who named the mountain "Medoc," after a province in the Bordeaux region of France famous for its vineyards. Following Weller's death in 1854, the land was sold but grape cultivation continued into the early 20th century. Unfortunately, no trace of this history remains.

In 1970, local citizens proposed the idea of a state park and by 1972, the state acquired 2,300 acres.

The area offers shady woods, open meadows and a meandering creek providing a recreation haven.

Canoe the creeks or hike the trails to appreciate the beauty of this unusual mixture of plant and animal life. A rewarding experience in all seasons, especially in the spring when the bluffs and ravines are covered with mountain laurel blossoms.

Park Hours: November-February 8 am-6 pm; March, October 8 am - 7 pm; April, May, September 8 am - 8 pm; June-August 8 am - 9 pm. Office hours: 8 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30-5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Gates will remain locked, except in emergency situations, when the park is not in operation. Please plan accordingly. The park is closed Christmas Day.

Recreation - There are five trails totaling over 9 miles of foot paths.

There is one picnic area divided into three sections. Twenty-five picnic tables and 10 grills serve these sites. A shelter with flush-type toilets is available and can be reserved.

Three group campsites are available which can accommodate up to 30 people per site. These areas are served by solar heated showers and flush-type toilets. Fires are permitted in grills and fire circles. It is suggested you bring your own charcoal and firewood. Group camping is available March 15 through November 30th and reservations are required.

There are six family tent camping areas which have a table, grill and tent pad. The washhouse has showers with solar heated water and flush-type toilets. Fires are permitted in grills only. It is suggested you bring your own charcoal and firewood. Family camping is available March 15 through November 30. There are no hookups.

Stream fishing is available. Angling on the Little Fishing Creek may produce catches of bluegill, largemouth bass, pickerel, red breast sunfish and Roanoke bass. NC Wildlife Resources Commission rules apply. Little Fishing Creek is accessible from a bridge on SR 1322. The creek flows about 2.5 miles through the park. Canoeing is easy and the trip usually takes 1.5 to 2.0 hours. There is an exit point at the bridge on SR 1002. Guided hikes and other nature programs are available upon request.

Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)--Rockin' on the Ridge. Grades 4, 5, 6. Introduces students to basic geologic processes, focusing on the geology of the Medoc Mountain region. Major concepts covered include: the rock cycle, chemical and physical forces on rocks and minerals, rock and mineral identification, geologic processes and resource use.

Parking and pathways, the picnic shelter and restrooms are accessible for wheelchairs.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures range between 36 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (2 to 4 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures range between 76 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 26 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-48 inches (112-122 centimeters).

Location - Twenty-one miles southwest of Roanoke Rapids and 23 miles north of Rocky Mount. From I-95 follow NC 48 to SR 1002 between Brinkleyville and Ringwood. Turn west on to SR 1002 to park office. OR From I-95 follow NC 48 to NC 561 turning west and traveling to SR 1322. Head south on SR 1322 to park entrance.

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Filed By: Roger M. (Wake Forest, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Nice day hikes within an hour of Raleigh. On a Saturday in July, not too hot, and we didn't see anyone until just before we left - one more car appeared in the parking lot!

Filed By: Rod (Cedar Grove, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great family campground with the nicest bath house I've seen in a long time. Not very crowded -- when we were there in early October only 7 of the 34 car camping sites were filled, 2 of the walk-in camp sites were filled. The walk-in sites are about 50 yards from the parking area. The hikes are not extraordinary, but they're very pleasant, especially with the kids.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Really nice family camping spot - the 6 walk-in sites are lovely, private, and quiet. There is a RV area witha nice, new shower facility that is accessible from the walk-in sites too. Trails are beautiful and remote - didn't see many people on them. The ranger said that they will be building a few bridges soon that will make a new 'summit trail' accessible. Nice!

Filed By: Bob N (Raleigh, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: There are RV hookups now and a 2nd bathhouse with wonderful showers. It is excellent but bring your bug spray for mosquitoes and ticks.

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Contact Information:
Medoc Mountain State Park, P.O. Box 400 , Hollister, NC, 27844, Phone: 252-445-2280, Fax: 252-445-4826
, medocmtn@coastalnet.com

Additional Information:
Coastal Region - Throughout history, the coastal regions of the globe have been major attractions. North Carolina's Coastal Region is no different. With its mild climate, this beautiful eastern region of the state entertains millions of guests all year.
North Carolina State Parks - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and countless fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks.
Roanoke Rapids Area - The Roanoke Rapids area provides a doorway from the north. Located on the Virginia and North Carolina state lines and along I-95, Roanoke Rapids has millions of people pass through its town each year.

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