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Should the humdrum of nine-to-five leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Medoc Mountain State Park. A pleasurable excursion awaits just a 1.5-hour drive from the Research Triangle. At Medoc Mountain, the urban refugee finds a welcome tranquility, a chance to embrace the outdoors. Trails beckon as light filters through branches overhead and falls on paths that hold the promise of new frontiers. The peacefulness gives the opportunity to refresh. The silence of the forest is broken only by bird songs and the occasional drumming of the pileated woodpecker. Grab your hiking boots. Load your camera. Spend some time at Medoc Mountain State Park and let nature renew your spirit.
One of the most interesting trails in Medoc Mtn State Park, the Dam Site loop trail features two dam sites, including a rock dam from an old mill site. Adds flavor to a combination of several of the trails. This one is not to miss if you visit the park.
Even though we hiked this in winter expecting some views through the woods, we really didn't see any. Elevation change to the summit is not too bad; we combined this with other trails to create a pretty good workout. Not a bad set of trails for this part of the state.
Pretty nice hike for the area, Medoc mountain has some nice features including the bridge over Little Fishing Creek and the Old Dam Site. Interesting to see rhododendron and mountain laurel along the creek. Also the interpretive signs about the local wildlife were nice along the Discovery Trail. We combined Stream Loop, Summit Loop, Old Dam Site Loop and Discovery Loop which makes a nice day hike if you like walks in the woods.