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Explore the Outdoors

Roanoke Canal Trail Man Jogging on Trail

Try Out Your Biking Skills

If you’re hoping to head outdoors and explore the gorgeous nature of Halifax County, North Carolina, you’re in luck! There are dozens of biking trails winding their way through this fantastic county. No matter where your skill level lies, there’s a fantastic Halifax County trail for you!

 One of the most popular trails in Halifax County is the Roanoke Canal Trail. This 7.5-mile biking route is actually a part of the Roanoke Canal Museum. Along the way, you’ll see thriving greenery and the most well-preserved canal construction from the early 19th century in the United States! You can see a power canal bulkhead, a hand-hewn stone culvert, and even a 35-foot-long aqueduct! To further encourage people to see this beautiful nature and historical sites along the Roanoke Canal Trail, the Roanoke Canal Museum actually provides free bikes at the start of the path.


Then, there’s Medoc Mountain State Park, which is home to nine miles of mountain biking trails, which can keep you entertained for hours on end. The entire nine-mile loop path is considered to be one of the best spots for mountain biking in eastern North Carolina, thanks to its stunning greenery and intermediate level of difficulty.


If you’re more of a hiker than a biker, Halifax County also has loads of hiking trails that are absolutely amazing. Depending on which trail you choose, each of Halifax County’s best hikes has an intriguing twist, whether its history-centered or equestrian-focused.

While you already know about Medoc Mountain State Park’s cool mountain biking trails, this state park is also home to quite a few hiking trails as well – over ten miles of them to be exact. And while you can certainly hike all of these trails on foot, you can also bring a horse along on some of the paths and make it an equestrian adventure.

 Arguably the best hiking trail in Medoc Mountain State Park is the path to the top of Medoc Mountain. Known as the Medoc Mountain Summit Loop Trail, this 4.1-mile hike is relatively easy and is great for beginners. Plus, it’s very rewarding! This lovely path takes you past cascading streams, blooming wildflowers, and friendly birds.


Finally, if you’re looking for a more advanced hike in Medoc Mountain State Park, you should certainly consider tackling the new Pyrite Loop Trail. This 5.3-mile trail is the only strenuous path in the entire state park, so you’re guaranteed to get a good workout in. That said, the Pyrite Loop Trail is still worth the large amount of effort. You can see a flowering creek, towering green trees, and picture-perfect bridges. There are even a few rocky sections that are great for testing your hiking (or even biking) skills.

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Spend the Night Under the Stars

Many nature lovers like to spend as just time as possible enjoying the outdoors – both day and night. If this sounds like you, you should definitely consider camping during your time in Halifax County, North Carolina.


There are a couple of different campgrounds in Halifax County. The KOA Campground of Enfield provides tent sites, RV sites, and even a few cozy cabins. It also has all of the basic amenities, including electricity, propane, firewood, bathrooms, hot showers, and a laundromat. On top of all that, it has a few fun perks too, such as a pool (open during the summer months), a volleyball court, a playground, and a game room. Simply put, the KOA Campground of Enfield is a fantastic place to sleep under the stars.


Open at Exit 171 off I-95, enjoy RV camping at The Festival Park at Carolina Crossroads, an entertainment facility in Roanoke Rapids. The park has free wi-fi Internet access, cable TV, full hook-ups, propane, and in handicapped-accessible. It also features 89 sites with picnic tables (some with gazebos), a heated outdoor pool, 9-hole mini-golf course, game room with arcade games and pool table, pirate ship play area, on-site laundromat and shower facilities. 

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