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The Study Area Map portrays a general area along the river corridor within which a state park unit may be located. (It does not identify proposed boundaries for a state park.) The Study Area includes roughly twelve miles of the Mayo River corridor. Property boundaries are presented in red.
Through its New Parks for a New Century initiative, the NC Division of Parks and Recreation identified the Mayo River as one of 47 sites in North Carolina worthy of becoming new units of the state parks system. Criteria included quality of natural resources, geographic location and suitability for recreation. Thirteen of these sites were identified as potential state parks; one as a state recreation area and 33 as state natural areas.
For some time, there has been strong local support for a state park within the Mayo River corridor. The division has worked closely with the Dan River Basin Association and the Rockingham County Planning Department to identify a study area along the river corridor from the Virginia/North Carolina border south to just above the town of Mayodan in Rockingham County.
The NC Division of Parks and Recreation has acquired two properties for future use as part of Mayo River State Park. Those are:
General Assembly of North Carolina
Session Law 2003-106
House Bill 1078
An act to authorize the addition of Mayo River State Park to the state parks system.
Whereas, Section 5 of Article XIV of the Constitution of North Carolina states that it shall be a proper function of the State of North Carolina to acquire and preserve park, recreational, and scenic areas, and in every other appropriate way to preserve as a part of the common heritage of this State, its open lands and places of beauty; and
Whereas, the 1987 General Assembly enacted the State Parks Act, which declares that the State of North Carolina offers unique archaeological, geologic, biological, scenic, and recreational resources, and that these resources are part of the heritage of the people of the State, which should be preserved and managed by the people for their use and for the use of their visitors and descendants; and
Whereas, the Mayo River in Rockingham County supports many rare species and possesses biological, geological, and scenic resources of statewide significance; Now, therefore,
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. The General Assembly authorizes the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to add Mayo River State Park to the State Parks System as provided by G.S. 113-44.14(b).
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law. In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 21st day of May, 2003.
s/ Beverly E. Perdue
President of the Senate
s/ Richard T. Morgan
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Michael F. Easley
Approved 11:16 a.m. this 31st day of May, 2003
Over the past several years, resource management specialists from the NC Division of Parks and Recreation examined the Mayo River corridor to identify natural resources of significance. Here is a summary of their findings.
The study area lies along the Mayo River in Rockingham County, beginning at the Virginia/North Carolina border and continuing south to just upstream from the town of Mayodan. The river floodplain, adjacent bluffs/uplands and several small creeks that feed into the Mayo River were the focus of the study.
Resources of Statewide Significance