Falls Creek Trail Hike, Mayo River State Park Deshazo Mill Access
Time to get outside and join us Tuesday, April 19 at 1 pm for a spring afternoon hike in the northern part of the Mayo River State Park at the Deshazo Mill Access Trail. Beginning in Virginia as two small forks, the Mayo River’s confluence is just below the North Carolina state line. It flows roughly 16 miles south to the town of Mayodan in Rockingham County before joining the Dan River. Featured image: Fall Creek Falls at Mayo River State Park by Amy Ehrhardt on All Trails.
Registration is required as that will enable us to provide a better hike by providing an appropriate number of hike leaders. If you do not receive a registration confirmation email from NCNPS you have not successfully registered. This event is for members + 1 guest.
DESHAZO MILL ACCESS TRAILHEAD is the trailhead for Fall Creek Falls and the Mayo River Trail, a 1.3-mile out and back trail that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. Sometimes referred to as “Deshazo Mill Falls”, the trailhead is just over the one-lane bridge and marked by wooden boundary poles. Parts of the trail, to the waterfall, are marked by yellow “State Park” diamonds. The trail from Deshazo Mill Access follows along Fall Creek to the 20-foot waterfall. Remnants of the mill structure’s foundation remain.
Our hike leader Ken Bridle of the Piedmont Land Conservancy is the chair of the Mayo River State Park Advisory Committee and is familiar with the park master plan. The hike was recommended by Triad Chapter member Jo Walker who has found the following while walking the trail: Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Trillium cuneatum, Showy Orchis, Blue Eye Grass, Crested Dwarf Iris, Fire Pink, Bloodroot, Foamflower, Wild Geranium, Phlox, Bluets, and Green & Gold. There is also a nice assortment of ferns including Maiden Hair.
The Deshazo Mill access is about a 20-minute drive north of the Mayo River State Park office and accessible from Anglin Mill Road. It is located in the northern part of Rockingham County, almost at the Virginia state line. Read the Piedmont Legacy Trails description.
There are currently no restroom facilities at the trailhead. There is a small parking lot access, with several picnic tables if you would like to picnic before the walk.
113 Deshazo Rd, Stoneville, NC 27048
(off of Anglin Mill Road)
GPS: 36.5362, -79.9940
This drive should take about 1 1/4 hours from Greensboro. Please allow time to arrive before 1 pm.
A map of the park can be found here: Mayo River State Park Map
Plan on stopping at the Mayo River State Park office area for a restroom break before the hike.