Mayo River State Park
|Mayo River State Park|
|North Carolina State Park|
U.S. 220 access to Mayo River State Park
|Named for: Mayo River|
|Area||2,187 acres (885 ha) |
|Established||May 31, 2003|
|Management||North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation|
|IUCN category||III - Natural Monument|
|Website: Mayo River State Park|
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 2,187-acre (8.85 km2) 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.
Currently, 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 parks
The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Mayo River State Park:
- "Size of the North Carolina State Parks System" (XLS). North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. January 1, 2015. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
- "New Parks for a New Century: Mayo River". NC Division of Parks and Recreation.
- "New Mayo River State Park Will Open to the Public April 1". NC Division of Parks and Recreation.