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Medoc Mountain State Park is located in North Carolina, just over an hour northeast of Raleigh the state capital. Despite the name, it’s not actually a mountain, and the highest point is only 325 feet. Medoc Mountain is the remains of a once-massive mountain range that has eroded over millions of years.
The mountain was named Medoc after the wine region in Bordeaux, by the landowner Sidney Weller, and there were vineyards on the land until the early 1900s. In the early 1970s, the land was acquired by the state, and Medoc Mountain State Park was created.
Less than an hour south of Medoc Mountain State Park is the nearest large city of, Rocky Mount, which could make a perfect shopping stop on route to your RV rental in Halifax County. If you are coming from the north, then Roanoke Rapids could be a good stop-off point.
A creek flows through the Medoc Mountain State Park, making fishing a popular pastime here, plus there are around ten miles of hiking trails, ten miles of bridle trails and nine miles of mountain biking trails. Canoeing and kayaking are also possible on the creek while picnickers are well catered for with tables and grills.
For those that are into folklore and paranormal, it’s claimed that Bigfoot has been seen in the Medoc Mountain area.
With 15 mixed-use trails, for either hiking biking or riding, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the park. The trails ranged from easy to moderate, so most will be accessible for the majority of people.
The 3-mile Summit Loop Trail is marked as moderate because part of the trail climbs up onto the ridgeline that is the remains of Medoc Mountain. The remainder of the trail runs along Little Fishing Creek. Many of the trails begin at or near the family campground, so if you are camping with an RV here, it’s a great spot for hiking.
Little Fishing Creek runs for about 2.5-miles through the park and canoeing this stretch is a great way of discovering more of the wildlife and habitat. There is a canoe put-in point on SR 1322, which is the start of a 1.5 to a 2-hour trip to the takeout point on SR 1002. The creek generally flows slowly and is not very deep, so great for beginners, but do check with the park staff as high water levels can be dangerous.
Fishing is also popular on the creek as it is one of the cleanest streams in the area. You must obtain a license to fish, but it’s worth it to be able to catch sunfish, bluegill, bass, and many more species.
A small campground suitable for camping with an RV is located in the center of the park. Just over 30 campsites are available, with a little under half having electric hookup. In the campground, you’ll find washrooms with showers and toilets and each camping site has a table and grill. There are no water hookups available, but drinking water is available on site.
A few of the campsites are wheelchair accessible, and there are a number of group camping areas that can cater for up to 35 people each.
The nearest town with facilities is Hollister, just over a mile west of the park. Here you’ll find a grocery store, gas station, and some restaurants. A little further is the larger community of Essex with a larger selection of stores.
An interesting excursion in your rental RV could be the Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum in Littleton, just over 20 minutes north of the park. The museum is dedicated to “creatures and phenomena not recognized by traditional science” and has what is claimed to be Bigfoot print impressions. The museum also has exhibits on ghosts, lake monsters, UFOs and famous fakes. An interesting place to visit while camping at Medoc Mountain State Park.
If you travel to Rocky Mount in your rental RV, then Imperial Center for the Arts and Science might be worth a visit. This 135,000 square foot center is housed in historic buildings, once used as a tobacco factory and a library. Now it is split into two different sections, art, and science. The science center has numerous exhibit, including a live animal area with reptiles, fish and insects, and a planetarium. The art section has a permanent collection of over 500 works and many art shows and events.
Also housed in the center is the community theater that puts on shows throughout the year. It’s a great place for all the family while motorhome camping in the area.