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Camping: Enjoy an evening in the woodlands of Medoc Mountain.
Tent and trailer camping: A hardwood forest bordering open fields is home to the family campground. The campground's sites are for tent or trailer camping and accommodate up to six persons each. Out of the campground's 34 sites, 12 have electric hookups and two are handicapped accessible. Campsites offer tent pads, tables and grills. The camping area is served by a washhouse with hot showers and toilets. Drinking water is nearby.
Group camping: Four group campsites accommodate up to 35 persons each. The area offers picnic tables and fire circles. The washhouse is also near the group camping area. Group camping facilities are closed from December 1 through March 15.
Canoeing: Bring your canoe to Little Fishing Creek and enjoy a pleasant journey. The creek flows through the park for about 2.5 miles and offers an opportunity to view the area from a different perspective. Perfect for beginning canoeists, the waters of Little Fishing Creek flow slowly and there are few obstacles along the way. Shallow water near rock outcrops may make portaging necessary at certain spots. The creek is accessible from the bridge on SR 1322, and a 1.5- to two-hour trip leads to a take-out point at the bridge on SR 1002. Contact park staff for information about water levels as high water can create dangerous conditions. Canoeists should exercise caution and wear personal flotation devices at all times.
Education and Events: Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Medoc Mountain State Park. Use the "Events" link on the menu to the left to search our database of park events. To arrange a special exploration of Medoc Mountain State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.
Educational materials about Medoc Mountain State Park have been developed for grades 4-6 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Medoc Mountain program introduces students to basic geologic processes and relates them to the Medoc Mountain region. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators. To learn more about environmental education or to search our database of upcoming workshops, click the "Education" tab, above.
Fishing: Hook and line will bring rewards at Medoc Mountain where Little Fishing Creek is considered to be one of the cleanest streams in the state. Several species of game fish, including redbreast sunfish, bluegill, warmouth, largemouth bass and chain pickerel make fishing a popular pastime in the park. Anglers must have a current fishing license and obey all regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
Picnicking: Shady woods and an open meadow provide ideal spots for picnicking in the park. Thirty tables and eight grills offer a choice of picnic locations. Drinking water and restrooms are located nearby. The park's picnic shelter is equipped with tables, a grill, a fireplace and a drinking fountain. Use of the shelter is free of charge unless reservations are requested.
Ball and bat or a volleyball net may come in handy as the picnic area's adjacent open meadow is a great spot for group recreation activities. Some picnic facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Hiking: Scenic trails invite you to journey into the park's interior. 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. Winding along Little Fishing Creek, around the high ridge of Medoc Mountain and through the forests, the trails are the best way to appreciate the beauty and diversity of Medoc Mountain. For information on distance and difficulty, see the park map.
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.