Our quest to visit all of North Carolina’s State Parks took us to Medoc Mountain State Park this Labor Day Weekend. Neither one of us had heard of it, and we both kind of saw why once we got there. It is sort of in middle of nowhere, not near any major highways, and didn’t seem to be very popular. The only other person we saw during our time was the park ranger as we began on our hike.
There are a couple of 5 mile loops in the park and we elected to do the one that ascended Medoc “Mountain” via the Summit Loop Trail. If there was an actual summit at some point, we missed it, so certainly don’t come here expecting to see much of a view. The trails were well maintained though, and the lack of other hikers, gave it more of a secluded feel than most of the hikes we do closer to home. Guessing it’s not always like this, but on the particular day we hiked it was unbelievably humid. Also, along the trail were nickel-sized frogs and bowling-ball sized mushrooms.
Overall we enjoyed the hike, but probably not enough to rush back to this park anytime soon. Mostly because the creek was a little stagnant, and not as interesting to look at as we are used to. Our favorite part of the whole trip actually was the drive to the park, and back home, going through several small NC towns – Henderson, Warrenton, and Louisburg.
- MapMyFitness Link
- Starting Point: Medoc Mountain State Park Office (1541 Medoc Mountain Rd Hollister, NC 27844)
- End Point: Same
- Length: 4.75 Miles
- Approximate Hiking Time: 1 Hour, 45 minutes