Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

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Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

North Carolina

(919) 778-6234

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Overview

At the turn of the century visitors flocked to the area. They drank mineral water from local springs to cure their ills and they took riverboat excursions to the cliffs. Things have changed since then, however, the cliffs remain virtually unaltered, standing as a journal of the geological and biological history of the land. See this spectacular formation, now protected within the boundaries of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Recreation activities in the park center on an 11-acre man-made lake where a grassy and sandy beach, diving platform, roped-off perimeter and bathhouse provide all of the facilities needed for a refreshing swim. For those who prefer to stay on top of the water, boats are available for rent. Private boats are not permitted. Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. The banks of the Neuse River provide scenic spots to wet your line. The river and its tributaries are home to bluegill, largemouth bass and several species of catfish. In the spring, white and hickory shad migrate up the river. Hikers can follow the cliffs' edge for lovely views of the river below. A path bordered by a rail fence leads along the riverbank. Oaks, dogwoods and other trees line the path, often cloaking views of the river with a veil of Spanish moss. Cliffs of the Neuse: Do not climb on the cliffs. Help preserve this unique natural resource for others to enjoy.

Map of Cliffs of the Neuse (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.238047, -77.879598

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boats are available for rent. Private boats are not permitted. Boating and swimming are available.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles are not allowed on any of the trails.

  • Camping

    Set up tent or trailer on one of thirty-five sites, each with its own picnic table and grill. The family campground at Cliffs of the Neuse is located in a wooded area near the park office. There are no water or electrical hookups, but a dump station is provided. A portion of the park has been set aside as a primitive camping area for organized groups. Reservations are required for groups.

  • Climbing

    Cliffs of the Neuse: Do not climb on the cliffs. Help preserve this unique natural resource for others to enjoy.

  • Fishing

    The banks of the Neuse River provide scenic spots to wet your line. The river and its tributaries are home to bluegill, largemouth bass and several species of catfish. In the spring, white and hickory shad migrate up the river. A state fishing license is required and all regulations of the Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced. Fishing is not permitted in the lake.

  • Hiking

    Follow the cliffs' edge for lovely views of the river below. A path bordered by a rail fence leads along the riverbank. Oaks, dogwoods and other trees line the path, often cloaking views of the river with a veil of Spanish moss. Follow park trails to creeks that were once used to make moonshine and cornmeal. Four hiking trails are accessible from the parking lot at the museum. Each is less than a mile in length and offers a closer look into the heart of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park.

  • Historic Sites

    Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Follow park trails to creeks that were once used to make moonshine and cornmeal. Mill Creek was the home of a gristmill that processed grain while federally-operated whiskey stills were located along Still Creek. Today, the area where these creeks empty into the Neuse River serves as a place to fish and enjoy nature.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Motorized vehicles are permitted only in designated areas and not permitted on park trails.

  • Picnicking

    The shade of huge pine trees offers just the place for outdoor dining. Located near the lake, the picnic area has 22 picnic tables served by 6 grills (the shelter has an additional 12 tables and 2 fireplace grills). Drinking water and restrooms are located nearby.

  • RVing

    Park your RV at one of thirty-five sites, each with its own picnic table and grill. The family campground at Cliffs of the Neuse is located in a wooded area near the park office. There are no water or electrical hookups, but a dump station is provided.

  • Water Sports

    Recreation activities in the park center on an 11-acre man-made lake where a grassy and sandy beach, diving platform, roped-off perimeter and bathhouse provide all of the facilities needed for a refreshing swim. Boating and swimming are available. Swimming is permitted only when lifeguards are on duty.

Directions

Driving

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is located in Wayne County, 11 miles southeast of Goldsboro on NC 111. From I-40 in Raleigh, take US 70 east for approximately 50 miles. After driving through Goldsboro, turn right onto NC 111 and travel south for about ten miles. After crossing the Neuse River, turn left onto Park Entrance Road. From southern North Carolina, take NC 55 east off I-40. Turn north on NC 111, and turn right onto Park Entrance Road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(919) 778-6234

Campground reservations

(877) 722-6762

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