Medoc Mountain State Park, in North Carolina, is located 57 miles (92 km) norteast of Raleigh. Medoc Mountain is not really a mountain at all, but rather the core of what was once a mighty range of mountains; its highest point reaches an elevation of only 325 feet (99 m) above sea level. The park offers family hiking in tranquil forest, as well as creek fishing, cycling trails, horseback riding, campsites and picnic locations. The park is open daily until 8:00 pm, but camping permits can be obtained. Public astronomy events are sometimes done, and the Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society has occasionally hosted star parties at the park. A stargazer told EarthSky the following: “Beautiful setting and a lovely park far from any light pollution.”
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