Mayo River State Park features waterfalls, historic architecture and picturesque Piedmont landscapes along the scenic Mayo River. The roughly 2,200-acre park is spread out over non-contiguous sections, so reaching all of the highlights requires a bit of planning.

The current park office sits on the former site of Mayo Park, a private park opened for employees of the Washington Mills in 1948. The company enlisted renowned architect Antonin Raymond, who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, to design the picnic shelter. The North Carolina State Parks Department restored the shelter when the park was opened to the public in 2010 and it is available for group rentals.

Further north, just shy of the Virginia border, you can find Fall Creek Falls, a beautiful waterfall tucked back in the woods. The park recently added a gravel parking lot along Deshazo Road in Stoneville for easy access to the falls. From the parking lot the falls are a short five minute hike.

As one of the newest parks in the North Carolina System, Mayo River State Park includes a number of undeveloped features. Check back each season for new hikes and points of interest.

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