Mayo River State Park, Mayodan

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Mayo River State Park is a North Carolina state park in Rockingham County, North Carolina in the United States. It is near Mayodan, North Carolina and covers 2,187acre along the Mayo River. The park is one of the newest in the North Carolina system, having been authorized by the General Assembly in May 2003. An interim facility, called the Mayo Mountain Access, was opened to the public on April 1, 2010.InformationCurrently, the only designated public access is at the Mayo Mountain Access, near Mayodan. A visitor contact station, two picnic shelters, a small picnic area, a half-mile loop hiking trail, a 1.8-mile loop hiking trail, rest rooms, a catch and release fishing pond, and a maintenance facility were built or renovated at the public access. The area was once a private, corporate park formally known as Mayo Park. The state renovated and restored some of the existing structures from the former park, including a picnic shelter designed by architect Antonin Raymond. Raymond designed the original Mayo Park, and the park tried rebuild the area in a style compatible with Raymond's design.The park has several other land holdings along the river, not yet formally open to the public. One area of the park, near the Virginia state line, has a waterfall call Fall Creek Falls.Nearby state parksThe following state parks are within 30mi of Mayo River State Park: Hanging Rock State ParkHaw River State ParkPilot Mountain State Park
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  • Mayo River may not be a large state park in North Carolina, but it brings along with it the history of what this land was used for before becoming a state park. The picnic area and restrooms were clea...  more »
  • My wife and I participated in the first day hike 2019, along with about 25 other hikers. The Ranger was very nice and stopped several times to explain the history of the area. The hike was about 2 mil...  more »
  • Very peaceful park with lots of wildlife and views to enjoy. Beautiful trails, fishing, and shelters for get togethers.  more »
  • I really enjoy this little park. At first I didn't think it was going to be much. The trails are very easy/moderate. And are definitely worth it once you get to the falls. The parking area is nice and has a very short walking trails. They have shelters and picnic tables. It's a very nice place for a day trip 😊
  • This was a really Nice little state park. Got great information from the park ranger. The bathrooms were extremely clean. The grounds were well kept ample parking. And I was given directions to awesome little waterfall spot which me and my dog hung out at for a couple hours. Thank you for the wonderful experience.
  • Found drug and drinking remnants, this place needs security or at least some cameras especially on some of the side roads not so easily monitored. As a child years ago this was a great place. Now it may be pretty but attracts a lot of places to make *exchanges and uses *. For a state river park that will fine you for going near any of the river areas and doesn't have any doesn't watch out for illegal activities very well that are obvious if you just look around. Not safe for kids or families as eventually one of these activities will cost lives.
  • This place is just a few minutes from my house and a awesome day getaway location. Kyaking, floating, hiking, fishing. Always lots of people in the summer. Family friendly.
  • An under appreciated gem of a place. The main picnic shelter is an impressive architectural structure. The lake is beautiful and great for fishing. The trail is an easy but lovely hour or less, maybe wet in places depending on the weather.
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