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Medoc Mountain

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 96 miles / 154.5 km
  • Ride Time: 2-4 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $7.30
  • State: North Carolina
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drkhgross pro

Medoc Mountain State Park in North Carolina is not really a mountain at all - it use to be millions of years ago (or if you believe in intelligent design-thousands of years ago-when people rode dinosaurs to church).

The route takes you through Nashville, NC. The home that is pictured below is marked with one of North Carolina's Highway Historical Markers. I have included a copy of the essay that describes the significance of this home for all of you history buffs. You will see this home twice if you follow this route as it is at the intersection of 58 and 1003.


As longtime chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, Harold Dunbar Cooley, native of Nashville, North Carolina, was a powerful spokesman for farmers from the New Deal to the Great Society. Educated at the University of North Carolina and at Yale law school, Democrat Cooley, by virtue of a special election in July 1934, filled the House seat in the North Carolina Fourth District vacated with the death of Edward W. Pou of Smithfield, himself a 33-year veteran of Congress. Cooley's campaign slogan was a New Man for a New Day, exploiting pro-New Deal sentiment. He would be re-elected without serious opposition until the 1960s. As a result, he served seventeen terms in the U.S. House. His length of service as Agriculture Committee chairman (from 1949 to 1952 and from 1955 to 1967, interrupted by the 83rd Congress when Republicans held the majority) has not been exceeded. Cooley lost his seat in 1966 to Republican James W. Gardner.

Cooley joined the Agriculture Committee during the height of the New Deal and was a driving force in the development of Roosevelt's agricultural program. He backed several reforms including those that provided for allotments, price supports, rural electrification, and soil conservation. Cooley also sought to reach the world market with agricultural products, endorsing the Food for Freedom program as part of the Marshall Plan. He stated that bread and butter rather than bullets and bayonets are the most powerful weapons in our arsenal.

Cooley returned to North Carolina after losing his re-election campaign of 1966, and to the home in Nashville that he and his wife, Madeline, had acquired soon after their marriage in 1923. The structure, the Bissette-Cooley House designed and constructed around 1911 by architect John C. Stout, is prominently located on East Washington Street. He often told friends that Nashville was the dearest place on earth for him. Cooley died on January 15, 1974, at Wilson Memorial Hospital from the effects of emphysema. He was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Nashville. Upon hearing of Cooley's death, Governor James B. Hunt Jr. said that Cooley was a protector and defender of North Carolina's farmers and that Cooley did more than anyone in Congress since the Depression to build a strong rural economy in America.


One of the things that a rider will notice on this route is the diversity of buildings that spot the landscape. From the Bissette-Cooley House shown above to the abandoned shack shown below. In addition, there are many examples of old farm homes in various states of repair. I am sure that many of them have a history just as rich and interesting as the Bissette-Cooley House! You also will see a variety of old cars rusting away in people's yards and fields - some of them are probably worth more than the house they are parked beside.


Medoc Mountain State Park is quaint, offering a large open space for picnics, hiking trails, and a pavilion with a fireplace and bathrooms (real ones with running water). Campsites for a variety of camping preferences also are available.


It may of been grand back in the day, but today Medoc Mountain is hardly noticeable above the tree line.


I would have to say that the best part of the ride was on 58 between Nashville and where 58 meets up with 43 - a combination of mild twisties and sweeping curves keep your attention - no bull!!


Between Wilson and Nashville you cross over the Tar River.


Though Medoc Mountain State Park is rather unremarkable, it is a nice spot for a rest if you are riding around the area. Most of the roads in this area are in great shape with lots of sweeping curves and there are some nice rolling hills north of Nashville. 58 is a bit rough in some spots, so watch yourself as you go around some of the tighter turns. There certainly is a lot of interesting scenery (depending on your interests of course) and a few 'junk' shops along the way.

Til next time :)

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of North Carolina. This motorcycle route has 8 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by drkhgross in April. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by drkhgross

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Best Time to Go

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Road Characteristics:

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