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Medoc Mountain State Park

Description

Seven hiking trails cover more than 11 miles of terrain throughout Medoc Mountain State Park. Stop by the visitor center to obtain a detailed map of the trail system before heading out. The park's waterways attract Wood Duck, Green and Great Blue Heron and Belted Kingfisher. The calls of the Red-shouldered Hawk, Great Horned and Barred Owls add music to the forests. Northern Bobwhite, Wild Turkey and nesting songbirds such as Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee and Prairie Warbler thrive in the park's old fields and young forests. Birds attracted by the mature hardwood forests include Wood Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo and various woodpeckers. Other species of interest found within the park's 3,700 acres include the nocturnal southern flying squirrel, freshwater mussels, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. There have been sightings of the Neuse River Waterdog in the park's Little Fishing Creek. This large salamander is found only in the Neuse and Tar River systems. Visitors may bring canoes to access Little Fishing Creek for an enjoyable 2.5-mile journey through the park. At times the creek may be dangerous for canoeing, so please check with park staff to determine water levels.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Belted Kingfisher, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Northern Bobwhite, Prairie Warbler

Habitat

dry coniferous woodlands, oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, floodplain forest, creek

Access and Parking

The park is open from 8am to 6pm, November - February; 8am to 7pm, March and October; 8am to 8pm, April, May and September; 8am to 9pm, June - August. The visitor center is open 8am to 5pm, weekdays; hours vary on weekends.

Directions

Medoc Mountain State Park is 21 miles southwest of Roanoke Rapids, 23 miles north of Rocky Mount, and 26 miles northeast of Louisburg. From I-95, take exit 160 at NC 561 west and travel 9 miles to the park. Turn left on SR 1322, which will lead to the park office, on the right.

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