2017-10-21 / Features

Fall at Mayo Lake

By Anna Fletcher
Courier-Times Staff Writer

Fall at Mayo Lake Park means crappie season, bright red maple trees, whitetail deer and warm cabins.

Though the days are getting colder, there’s still much to do at the 120-acre park, like Halloween Family Fun Night on Oct. 28, which is sponsored by Person County Friends of the Parks. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m., and will feature crafts, carnival games, a movie showing and a costume contest. Last year, more than 200 people attended, according to park supervisor Jeremy Royster. “We don’t charge anything for [the event], so we counted the bags of popcorn that we handed out,” he said. “I think it was around 220 that they gave out.”

Visitors to the park don’t need a scheduled event to find things to do, though. Six miles of trails, many of them lake-front, wind through towering pine trees, evergreens and hardwoods like sweetgum and 100-year-old oaks. While beautiful in any season, the trees turn their most vibrant colors during the first and second weeks of November, Royster said. Coupled with the lack of spring and summer traffic, he said, the trails make for a quiet and secluded tour of North Carolina’s fall colors. Fox and turkey are abundant, and the occasional bald eagle can be seen from the boat ramp, which is open year-round. The fishing pier also has year-round access, as well as the canoes, kayaks and paddleboats that are available for $10 for four hours. The 18-hole Sasquatch Disc Golf Course, three large playgrounds and eight picnic shelters make the park a great venue for a family outing or Thanksgiving event.

For those who want to get away overnight, there are heated cabins, campsites with fire pits and RV sites. The park now allows online reservations, though Royster said the easiest way to book accommodations is to call the office directly. The best part about Mayo Lake? The accessible solitude, Royster said.

“Out here, you can feel like you’re away but not really be away,” he said. “That’s the best part about it. It’s 10 miles outside of Roxboro, but if you go into a campground, it’ll seem like you’re 100 miles in the other direction. It’s a good place for some solitude.”

For more information about reserving a Mayo Lake Park facility, including cabins and picnic shelters, contact the Mayo Lake Park Office at 336-597- 7806, or register online at http://bit. ly/2yBDKW2.

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