Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Medoc Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

the mountain bike trails have got a lot better than what they used to be but I wish they would open up more Trails for mountain biking

Very well maintained trails. Went for a day hike and completed the Dam Site and Summit loops. Didn't see much wildlife except for a couple of squirrels. Definitely plan on returning to camp for a night and do a dusk and dawn hike to hopefully get to see more wildlife.

This is a great trail through the woods. there is one section that is fairly steep, but made easily traversible with stairs. there is plenty of shade throughout and plenty of bugs. it took me about 2 hours to hike the loop with my 5-year-old and 7-year-old.

Went hiking here with my 55 y/o mom and my chihuahua mutt dog. Most of the trails were shaded which is awesome and paths were clear. We stopped by a few water banks for my dog to drink water (even though we have a bowl of water for him as well) and to get his paws cooled down from the long hike. We saw snake skin, mushrooms, 3 coyote pups, a few butterflies and a whole lot of tiny frogs. Great hike! We are planning on coming back to do others trails soon!

I really enjoyed this trail in the summer; it’d just rained the day before and the trees gave off that really nice, muggy feel. A lot of the scenery reminded me of something out of a fairy story, too. There aren’t any “amazing” views, but I’d still say it’s worth checking out!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail with my wife and kids, 11, 9, and 6. Had to stop a few times towards the end of the trail as the climb was a bit steep but we managed just fine. Mostly shaded the entire length. Nice river access near the large bridge. Spent some time playing in the water, fishing -my 9 year old pulled in 2 small fish- and we caught plenty of crayfish. Very fun spot. Also stopped and explored the old dam site ruins.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail for the whole family, had our three kids, 11, 9, and 6 with us. Water level was low so we were able to explore along the bank and found a salamander and a frog. Very shady for entire length.

Went out and back along the river both times, several nice access points to the river. Nice shade the whole route.

I would have superly enjoyed the trail had I not been swatting gnats the entire time! I'm investing in a gnat hat next time! It's all part of the experience, but if you want to avoid them, bring your gnat protection! (Deer flies too but they never bit me).

I hiked this trail to get to the Summit Loop. Saw a snake by the river while I ate lunch and in the afternoon, the gnats became really bad. Bring whatever recipe you have for gnats because you are going to need it!

I just discovered Medoc Mountain in advance of a Dispea-style race to be held on May 4, 2019 (The Medoc Spring Race, https://www.medocspringrace.com/, with a staggered start where participants start based on their age and gender). I ran the route which begins with a counter clockwise of Bluff Trail, followed by the Discovery Trail, crossing a bridge to run the Summit Loop back to the bridge and complete the Discovery Trail. If you are used to woodland trails in this part of North Carolina, you'll find very few areas of loose rock and infrequent root tangles. Much of the +/- 8 miles is along Fishing Creek and basically flat and smooth. There is a 36 stair climb up to the Bluff Loop (later an equal down) and a very steep rocky descent as you finish Summit Loop back to the bridge. Much of the run is Easy, some is Moderate, all was enjoyable for this 75 year old trail runner. There are some muddy stretches so do wear trail shoes but the trails were in very good condition. I saw only eight or ten people but a lot of beautiful plants and some wildlife. People obviously treat this park with respect as there was absolutely NO trash, litter or evidence of dogs having passed. The drive took 1.5 hours from Durham and well worth it. All in all, a lovely area with a very friendly and helpful staff.

running
6 months ago

I just discovered Medoc Mountain in advance of a Dispea-style race to be held on May 4, 2019 (The Medoc Spring Race, https://www.medocspringrace.com/, with a staggered start where participants start based on their age and gender). I ran the route which begins with a counter clockwise of Bluff Trail, followed by the Discovery Trail, crossing a bridge to run the Summit Loop back to the bridge and complete the Discovery Trail. If you are used to woodland trails in this part of North Carolina, you'll find very few areas of loose rock and infrequent root tangles. Much of the +/- 8 miles is along Fishing Creek and basically flat and smooth. There is a 36 stair climb up to the Bluff Loop (later an equal down) and a very steep rocky descent as you finish Summit Loop back to the bridge. Much of the run is Easy, some is Moderate, all was enjoyable for this 75 year old trail runner. There are some muddy stretches so do wear trail shoes but the trails were in very good condition. I saw only eight or ten people but a lot of beautiful plants and some wildlife. People obviously treat this park with respect as there was absolutely NO trash, litter or evidence of dogs having passed. The drive took 1.5 hours from Durham and well worth it. All in all, a lovely area with a very friendly and helpful staff.

I just discovered Medoc Mountain in advance of a Dispea-style race to be held on May 4, 2019 (The Medoc Spring Race, https://www.medocspringrace.com/, with a staggered start where participants start based on their age and gender). I ran the route which begins with a counter clockwise of Bluff Trail, followed by the Discovery Trail, crossing a bridge to run the Summit Loop back to the bridge and complete the Discovery Trail. If you are used to woodland trails in this part of North Carolina, you'll find very few areas of loose rock and infrequent root tangles. Much of the +/- 8 miles is along Fishing Creek and basically flat and smooth. There is a 36 stair climb up to the Bluff Loop (later an equal down) and a very steep rocky descent as you finish Summit Loop back to the bridge. Much of the run is Easy, some is Moderate, all was enjoyable for this 75 year old trail runner. There are some muddy stretches so do wear trail shoes but the trails were in very good condition. I saw only eight or ten people but a lot of beautiful plants and some wildlife. People obviously treat this park with respect as there was absolutely NO trash, litter or evidence of dogs having passed. The drive took 1.5 hours from Durham and well worth it. All in all, a lovely area with a very friendly and helpful staff.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
9 months ago

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

Really nice trail, even in the cold weather. Went with my dog and we didn’t see a single person on the trail. It was very muddy so beware. We added a little more time on our trail which was a nice little treat.

First time to this park. Great, clearly marked trails and not too difficult. If the park office is open while you are there, definitely check it out!

Trails were marked well and very easy to follow. The combination of creeks, bridges, rock formations and resting benches along the way made for an enjoyable day of great exercise and beautiful views of nature. Extended the hike by adding the Dam Loop and plan to go back and include the Summit Loop as well.

All Trails has bad gouge -- go to the office and get the updated map so you aren't fighting bikers on the path. Overall it is a short, good hike.

Easy Trail -- Short (but steep) hike for a few meters. Other than that short burst it was a nice hike. The trail is marked very well and well maintained. Very friendly staff at the park as well. The trail will flood after rain so be prepared to walk around into some spider webs!

Good hike!

Very nice. A little challenge to it but not too much. It was very slick though from all the rain. I believe the river had been high and left slick mud. I didn’t get to finish the trail bc I slipped in the mud but me and my dogs enjoyed it! Would have been nice to be able to get to the water easier though without the slippery mud! Lol overall a very nice trail

this trail is very very rocky. kinda big rocks too. your ankles will twist, your foot slip.you will encounter steep hills, hard to keep balance. so I don't know how you get easy as a description.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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