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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.

so the trail maps in the ranger office are old. ask for the map for bikers and you will get a more accurate map. because we had that inaccurate we got off the bear trail and kept walking walking walking. we turned around and went back, went to the ranger office and got the up to date biking map.

hiking
28 days ago

An excellent trail, actually intermediate and with mixed views! We only saw 2 other people the whole time. Trail full of surprises. Theres a pretty steep incline if you are injured or have weak knees stay away.
Cons: Tons of horse flies and spiders.

on Bluff Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This was a good hike. I added the Dam Site Trail via the middle of the Discovery Trail to lengthen the hike. Be aware, it's doubtful you'll have cell coverage so plan accordingly.

This was a nice hike with plenty of stream views.

hiking
3 months ago

I enjoyed the trail. Did not see anyone else walking which was nice but later heard it could be unsafe to walk alone. That would be

good 3 mile walk, discovery and stream are easy. add in the damsite loop to make it more moderate. very quiet only saw 1 other person on the trail late on a saturday. will have to try the summit loop next time. very nice area.

Short trail goes past an old dam site that still has remains left. Also goes past a small family burial plot

Trail walking next to a stream for most of the way. No great view at the top.

Nice views over a bridge. Short trail leading to the longer dam site loop and summit loop trails

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Mostly flat Discovery Loop has some nice interpretive signs about the local wildlife in Medoc Mountain State Park. Makes a pretty nice hike for the area if you combine with several other trails in the park.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

Nice hike.