Possibly the best park you haven’t heard of, Mayo Park sits on its namesake reservoir and offers a range of activities. There are about 5 miles of hiking trail and Mayo’s many fingers offer great opportunities to escape the speedboat crowd for quiet paddling in a canoe or kayak — which you can rent at the park.

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Getting there from downtown Chapel Hill
Address: 1013 Neal’s Store Road
City: Roxboro
State: N.C.
Zip: 27573
Latitude: 36.2898
Longitude: 78.5235
Distance: 1 hour 10 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill
No. of campsites: 28
No. with hookups: 14
No. without hookups: 4
Primitive sites: 10
Reservations? Yes. 336.597.7806.
Cost: $23 per night with hookups, $18 without, $10 for primitive sites.
Year-round? Yes
Gate hours: Sunrise to sunset
Quiet hours: 10 p.m.-7 a.m.
Stuff to do nearby: Boating, fishing, hiking, playgrounds, canoeing/kayaking (with rentals)