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Virginia whitewater, South Mayo River

Henry Rockingham county, Virginia Route 695 to Mayo River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     5.5 miles
  This stretch of South Mayo River is 5.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. The nature scenery of Henry/ Rockingham County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in is not too far from Martinsville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so
    better not forget that many runs in this state are very easy. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because
it is a very popular destination. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Virginia Route 695 to Mayo River section is  
one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at South Mayo River you will meet lots of folks from nearby Spencer. A journey to South Mayo River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to close by Fairy Stone State Park. During the long summer days at South Mayo River temperatures are generally in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 60's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 40's, and overnight lows through the winter for South Mayo River tend to be in the 20's. Much rain falls at South Mayo River. Through the month of July you get the most rain around here; the driest of the months is December.

South Mayo River, Virginia Route 695 to Mayo River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near South Mayo River.
 Whitewater Near South Mayo River:
South Mayo River, Henry/ Rockingham County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.5 miles long (Virginia Route 695 to Mayo River)
Mayo River - North Fork, Rockingham County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.1 miles long (Virginia Route 629 to North Carolina Route 1359)
North Mayo, Henry/ Patrick County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.3 miles long (Virginia Route 629 to Mayo River)
Dan River, Stokes County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.8 miles long (Route 1652 to North Carolina Route 772)
Snow Creek, Stokes County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.9 miles long (Route 1674 Bridge to Route 1695 Bridge)
Dan River, Stokes County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.4 miles long (Route 89 to Route 1652)
Smith River, Patrick County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Charity to Backwater of Philpott Lake)
Big Creek, Stokes County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3.5 miles long (Forrest Road to Lynchburg Road)
Dan River, Stokes County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 15.5 miles long (Route 1432 to Route 89)
 Ski Areas Near South Mayo River:
The Homestead, Virginia , 79 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 97 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near South Mayo River:
Carolina Marina, Stokesdale , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near South Mayo River:
Econo Lodge Martinsville, Martinsville , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn Martinsville, Martinsville , 11 miles away
Super 8 Martinsville VA, Martinsville , 11 miles away
Travelodge Ridgeway Martinsville Area, Ridgeway , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn Martinsville, Martinsville , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South Mayo River:
Indian Heritage RV Park, Martinsville, 11 miles away
Dan River Campground, Stoneville, 11 miles away
Philpott Park - Philpott Lake, -blank-, 13 miles away
 Trails Near South Mayo River:
Hanging Rock Trail, Stokes , 20 miles away
Casters Trail, Franklin , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near South Mayo River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 39 miles away
Fairy Stone State Park, Virginia , 14 miles away
Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina , 18 miles away
Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South Mayo River:
Trent Gordon Golf Course, Stuart , 7 miles away
Dan Valley Golf Course, Stoneville , 9 miles away
Ponderosa Golf Club, Stoneville , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near South Mayo River
Belews Lake, Rockingham , 13 miles away
Philpott Lake, Franklin , 13 miles away

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