Today I share with you the 48th “new to me” park visit in this series of 50 at 50. Earlier this week on a gorgeous afternoon, I made my way to Mayo Park and Lake which is part of the Person County Recreation, Arts & Parks. Opened in 1998 it consists of 120 acres of parkland and a 3000-acre lake. A boat ramp is provided in conjunction with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and the afternoon I was there 4 or 5 trucks with empty trailers were in the parking lot. While down at the boat ramp, I saw a banner promoting the bass fishing tournaments held 4 times between March and June.
In addition to multiple picnic shelters and playgrounds, I found a few hiking trails. One trail had what looked like pages from a book displayed that allows users to read a story as they go along the trail. Following the end of the story, there were a few displays encouraging users to be active by trying garden yoga. Another trail let me find multiple tee boxes and baskets on the Sasquatch Disc Golf Course. Be sure to the check out their signs in the pics below. The park rents kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards, has a fishing pole loaner program and offers summer movies in the amphitheater. The amphitheater is a popular location for weddings and the community room in the Environmental Education Community Center is a popular rental location for parties, weddings, family reunions, and community events. In another area of the park, I found an area that houses 10 horseshoe courts where they host tournaments. The courts are near the campground that includes cabins, along with tent and RV sites and bathhouses.
Before leaving, I had the chance to chat with Park Ranger Jeffery Streets about the programs offered at the park. He is a parks and recreation graduate from NC Central and grew up in Person County. I have to agree with his assessment that “Mayo Park and Lake is one of the best-kept secrets around”. Now that I’ve shared the secret, I encourage you to visit if you are in the area.
For more information on Mayo Park and Lake visit http://www.personcounty.net/departments-services/departments-i-z/parks-recreation/mayo-park-and-lake