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Events and Programs

Mayo River State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Mayo River State Park Family Fishing Day
Saturday, May 26 @ Mayo Mountain Access
9:30am – 2:30pm
For more information or directions call 336-427-2530
The seventh annual Mayo River State Park Family Fishing Day will be held Saturday, May 27th. The focus of the event will be a kids fishing derby for ages 17 and under. Prizes will be awarded for heaviest, longest and shortest fish in different age categories. One single prize will be awarded to the adult who catches the heaviest fish of the day. This will be a special license exempt day. All members of the family may participate without having a fishing license. In addition to prizes for catching fish, door prizes will be given throughout the day to kids registered for the event. Additional activities include bluegrass music, a crafts booth for children, casting games with prizes, and some displays including Rockingham County history, local recreation, and emergency medical services. Hotdogs, chips, soft drinks, and water will be provided. There will be a limited amount of tackle and bait for the public to use. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own bait. Sunscreen and bug repellant are a good idea as well as extra drinking water. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will be present in the park the entire time the child or children they are watching are in the park. The Nat Greene Fly Fishers Chapter of Trout Unlimited will also be on hand to give fly casting and tying lessons to interested adults.  The event, food, and prizes are funded by the non-profit Friends of Mayo River State Park. Everything is free, though donations made to the friends of Mayo River to help defray the cost of the event are encouraged.  Please call the Mayo River State Park office for more details.  

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/26/2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Free guided trip open to the first 11 people to sign up at the park office.
Call 336-427-2530 to sign up or for more information and directions.
Have you ever wanted to paddle down the scenic Mayo River? Come out and take a river trip with a park ranger. This canoe trip will start at the public boat access at Old Anglin Mill Loop Road and end at the public boat access on US 220 Business. Start time is 10:00am. Participants must provide their own transportation to the launch site and from the take-out site, which means you will need two vehicles with drivers. The paddling trip should take approximately four to five hours, depending on river current and water levels. The trip is free of charge and open to the first 11 people who sign up at the park office. Canoes, personal flotation devices and paddles are provided. All participants must wear shoes appropriate for wading. Flip-flops will not be allowed. Paddlers must wear personal flotation devices for the entire trip and bring water, a picnic lunch, sunscreen and any personal items in a waterproof container. Dress for and be prepared for getting wet. 


Date of Event:
Sat, 06/09/2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm
Start Location:
Public boat access at Old Anglin Mill Loop Road

Come see what is swimming around in the creeks at Mayo River State Park.  A park ranger will lead you to Falls Creek Falls and we will see what we can catch!  Wear clothing and shoes for getting in the creek and getting wet!  We will start at the Deshazo Mill Road Access Parking Lot (Latitude 36.5411, Longitute -79.9830) at 1pm.  If you need directions to the parking lot, please call the park office at (336) 427-2530.  Bring your own drinking water and insect repellent. 

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/16/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Deshazo Mill Road Access Parking Lot

The Fish are waiting, will you walk away with a great fish story?   Come out and go fishing with a Park Ranger at Mayo River State Park.    The program starts with a meet up at 1:30pm at the picnic area parking lot.  Bring your own tackle, bait, and insect repellent.  There are some fishing pole and tackle available to be used on loan.  All participants 16 years old and older must have a North Carolina Fishing Licence.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/30/2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Picnic Area Parking Lot

Have you ever looked up into the night sky and wandered what you are looking at?  Come out and explore the constellations, stars, and planets at Mayo River State Park!  Volunteers from the Greensboro Astronomy Club will be on hand with telescopes to assist you in your journey through the wonders of the heavens.   We will meet in the field near the picnic shelter.   Please us e a red filter on any flashlights you bring.  Start time is 9:30pm.

Date of Event:
Sat, 07/14/2018 - 9:30pm to Sun, 07/15/2018 - 12:00am
Start Location:
Field near the picnic shelter

Mayo River State Park

500 Old Mayo Park Road
MayodanNC 27027
Latitude: 36.439111
Longitude: -79.947526

Park Hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, September & October: 8am - 8pm
May - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm weekdays
Closed state holidays