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Peaceful creek at Medoc Mountain State Park
Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Camping is open at the tent, trailer and RV campground and at the equestrian campground. Group campsites remain closed. Reservations must be made in advance online or by calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762; no walk-ups are permitted.

Trails and restrooms are open. Please continue to check this page for changes to the status of the bridle trails and the bike trails due to weather conditions.

The park office remains closed. The picnic shelter is not available for reservations.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

 

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020

Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY

Bike trails:

OPEN TODAY


Map of North Carolina – Medoc Mountain State Park


Contact the park
 

252-586-6588

medoc.mountain@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

1541 Medoc State Park Road
Hollister, NC 27844

GPS: 36.2639, -77.8883
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to May:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Winding along creeks, ridges, and through the forests, the trails are the best way to appreciate the beauty and diversity of Medoc Mountain. Seven trails wander through a variety of terrain and provide more than 10 miles of hiking. Most of the trails are easy or moderate in difficulty, and trail scenery includes an artesian well, granite outcroppings and miniature rapids. 

Bridle Trails: For those who prefer horseback, approximately 10 miles of bridle trails travel through rolling terrain and follow a portion of beautiful Little Fishing Creek. Bridle trailhead parking is available just off Medoc Mountain Road. All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks.

Mountain Bike Trails: Medoc Mountain has nine (9) miles of multi-use mountain biking trails through rolling terrain suitable for riders of all skill levels. Mountain bike trailhead parking is available at the visitor center and riders should follow the hexagon blazes.  Follow the directional signs which will veer riders clockwise during even years and counter-clockwise during odd years.  The trails will close to riders if wet conditions exist so call the park or check the website before planning your trip.

 


Bear Swamp Trail
Location: The trail connects the Visitor Center and the Dam Site Loop trail.

Description:

The trail travels through wooded hills, across a bridge, and through a sunny meadow.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.75 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
Blue Hexagon

Bluff Loop Trail
Location: Southeast of Picnic Shelter

Description:

Three mile trail that starts in the low land along Little Fishing creek before climbing on top of the bluffs


Surface: natural surface, stairs

Length:
3.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
Red Circle

Creek Loop Trail
Location: This loop trail is located off of the Moratock Trail.

Description:

Trail meanders through forested area and travels along Little Fishing Creek.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
Blue Triangle

Dam Site Loop Trail
Location: East of Park Office

Description:

Accessible from the Bear Swamp trail or the Discovery Loop Trail, the Dam Site Loop Trail covers a wide variety of forest types due to the dramatic changes in elevation along its course.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
White circle

Discovery Loop Trail
Location: Northwest of Picnic Shelter

Description:

The Discovery Loop trail offers an easy hike that starts along Little Fishing Creek before turning back into other low-land forest areas.


Surface: natural surface, stairs

Length:
1.25 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
Orange Circle