What to do in Medoc Mountain State Park

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.

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.

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).

Address
P.O. Box 400
Hollister, NC 27844

Phone: 252-445-2280

Fax: 252-445-4826

Email: medocmtn@coastalnet.com
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