The name Medoc Mountain is somewhat of a misnomer, considering there are no mountains at this serene state park in Hollister, NC. At least, not anymore — over the course of millions of years, erosion whittled down the imposing mountain range which once towered here into a hill with a peak elevation of 325 feet.
If you're looking for mountain peaks with breathtaking views sprawling for miles, you won't find them here. The beauty of this park lies in the simplicity of its landscape — the dense, green forest cover, the sunshine twinkling on the calm surface of the creek, the crunch of pine needles underfoot on the hiking trails. This and so much more makes Medoc Mountain State Park the perfect destination for tent and RV campers looking for a little quiet time in the woods.
Angling enthusiasts will, quite literally, feel at home casting a line into Fishing Creek, renowned for its clean waters home to an abundance of species. Fishing fanatics can cook up their catch on one of the park's grills for dinner and roast marshmallows for dessert, recounting the day's adventures around the fire.
Whether you're after an outdoor adventure like hiking, biking, fishing, and boating, or you're looking for a more laid-back activity like picnicking or wildlife watching, Medoc Mountain State Park offers an adventure to suit everyone. If you'd rather indulge in a game of soccer or baseball, be sure to pack your gear in your rig — the large, open field right by the campground is a popular spot for a little friendly competition.
RV Rentals in Medoc Mountain State Park
Transportation in Medoc Mountain State Park
The park's internal roads are paved, making the park easy to navigate even for the big rigs. Medoc Mountain State Park is also convenient to NC Highway 561, so campers are just a quick drive away from the gas station and other provisions in the town of Hollister.
Several parking lots can be found throughout the park. The group camping area and the picnic area are a short walk away from the campground and they have separate lots, so day-use visitors should have no trouble finding a parking spot. Another parking lot is available at the park office.
Campgrounds and parking in Medoc Mountain State Park
Campsites in Medoc Mountain State Park
Medoc Mountain State Park Family Campground
Each of Medoc Mountain State Park's 34 campsites come with a picnic table and grill. Sites are level, gravel, and can accommodate tent, trailer, and RV campers in rigs up to 80 feet long. Some spots can only accommodate vehicles up to 45 feet, and pull-through and back-in options are available.
Roughly a third of the park's sites offer electrical hookups, though water and sewer hookups are not provided. But you probably won't need them anyway, since the campground also offers hot showers and flush toilets, drinking water, a dump station, picnic area, and easy access to the park's trail network.
In addition to the family campground, group camping and equestrian camping are also available here. The four primitive group sites a short walk from the main campground can accommodate 35 guests and come with picnic tables and a fire ring. The park's five walk-to equestrian sites are also primitive and only provide access to pit toilets.
If you need one of the park's few ADA-accessible sites or you're camping during a holiday weekend, it's recommended that you reserve your site in advance. Usually, though, Medoc Mountain State Park will have a spot waiting for you to park the RV and get adventuring!
Seasonal activities in Medoc Mountain State Park
Hiking and Biking
With over ten miles of trails to explore, you'll have plenty of opportunities to get some cardio in at Medoc Mountain State Park. None of the trails are particularly challenging, and many meander down by Fishing Creek, offering a relaxing stroll in the forest. Bear Swamp Trail is perhaps the park's most popular path, while the Pyrite Loop Trail is the park's newest and most difficult. Trails are also available for mountain bikers and equestrians. Looking for something special? Bring your gear and bike the trails during one of the park's Mountain Biking Night Ride events!
With Fishing Creek running right through these woodlands, it's no surprise that this activity is the biggest draw for RVers to Medoc Mountain State Park. Anglers with a current NC fishing license can try their luck reeling in a bluegill or largemouth bass for supper. If you stay real quiet, you might just spot an otter or beaver by the creek! You'll also want to keep your eyes peeled for water snakes on your fishing trip.
In keeping with the serenity of the park, motorized boating isn't permitted here, and couldn't be accommodated in the shallow creek, anyway. Canoers and paddlers, however, will find a still stream that's perfect for beginners or those just looking to float along the with the flow of the water. Boaters are advised to check with local authorities for information on water conditions.
Whether you're looking for a large, well-equipped picnic area to host a get-together or a grassy spot to spread out the picnic blanket and soak up the sun, Medoc Mountain State Park is a prime place for picnickers. The picnic shelter offers a fireplace and water fountain in addition to the standard tables and grill, and is available to visitors unless it's been reserved in advance. Bring whatever gear you'll need for your favorite outdoor games to complete the perfect picnic!
While you shouldn't expect to see anything too exotic here, the sheer amount of wildlife that lives in the park makes it a treat for nature lovers. Deer, foxes, and "possums", as the North Carolinians call them, are the more common fare. Bring your binoculars to see if you can spot a flying squirrel hiding in the trees. Salamanders, turtles, and water snakes can be found down near the creek. For a full list of wildlife you're likely to see, park your rig and visit the park office.
Park Nature Programs
Bringing the kids along for your camping excursion at Medoc Mountain State Park? There's no better way to teach the youngsters how to appreciate wildlife than with a fun, interpretive nature program. The park's friendly rangers host all sorts of activities for kids aged five to ten, from story readings to arts and crafts. The best part is, the programs run all through the year, so even winter visitors to the park can learn something new about Mother Nature!