"Medoc Mountain State Park" Medoc Mountain State Park by jmpncsu

Well, more of a hill really.

Medoc Mountain State Park is a state park in Halifax County, southwest of Roanoke Rapids and north of Rocky Mount. It is one of the least visited parks in the NC State Park system. The park is named for Medoc Mountain, which at 325 feet above sea level, is hardly a mountain. Rather, it is the core of an ancient mountain wore down over the ages by the erosive forces of wind and water. The erosion-resistant core of biotite granite has routed the creeks of the area around itself. The park itself lies near the fall line where the harder rocks of the Piedmont meet the softer rocks of the coastal plain. The area that is Medoc Mountain has been used in agriculture for many years. In the 19th century, Sidney Weller owned the land and used it for the production of wine grapes. Weller is credited with developing the American system of winemaking and he named the mountain Medoc after a province in the Bordeaux region of France. Weller died in 1854 and the land was subdivided and sold, and the vineyards disappeared early in the 20th century. Later the land was used as a boy scout camp and for timber, and in 1970 citizens proposed creating a state park in the area.

  • Last visit to Medoc Mountain State Park: Nov 2011
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