DRBA’s First Saturday Outing on April 4 will explore both water and land trails at Mayo Lake near Roxboro in Person County, NC. Meeting at 10:00, we will first paddle a 2-mile canoe/kayak loop trail on the lake, following markers in the water that tell about the lake, fish and wildlife. The 85-mile wooded shoreline provides ample habitat for wildlife.
After lunch at lakeside picnic tables, we have the option of hiking just over a mile on the Wood Duck Trail and Wild Turkey Trail. Those who want more time on the water or on the park’s trails may continue on their own afterward.
Coordinator Paul Johnson said, "Ever since DRBA's first event at Mayo Park in January 2008, we have looked forward to returning in warm weather to take advantage of the canoe/kayak trail, and to again enjoy the beauty of the trails through the woods along the beautiful lake."
Participants are asked to meet at 10:00 at the Amphitheater Parking Lot. They should supply boat, paddles, life jackets, hiking boots or walking shoes, drinks and lunch; wear water-shedding artificial fabric or wool (not cotton, and certainly not blue jeans); and provide a back-up change of clothing. All participants will be asked to sign a waiver.
DIRECTIONS: Mayo Lake, located at 599 Neals Store Road, Roxboro, NC, is 10 miles from Roxboro and 3 miles from the Virginia line.
- From South Boston, VA, take US 501 South to Mayo, Virginia. Turn left on VA 96 to Virgilina and right on NC 49 South. From NC 49 South pass Dixon’s Store and turn right on Neal’s Store Road (SR 1515).
- From Roxboro, take NC 49 North 8 miles to Neal’s Store Road (SR 1515).
- The Amphitheater Parking Lot is the last left turn before the large parking area at the Boat Launch (operated by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission).