If you’re looking to get a little relief from winter cabin fever and a restorative dose of fresh air, a visit to Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is just what the doctor ordered. As the name implies, the park features breathtaking cliffs overlooking the Neuse River, but that’s not all.
Other Park Attractions
Looking to work off some of the holiday calories you might have been indulging in? Take a hike. Cliffs of the Neuse State Park has five well-maintained hiking trails for you to choose from, meandering along the riverside and allowing you glimpses of local wildlife, diverse habitats, and peaceful spots to cast a line if you like to fish. Bluegill, largemouth bass, and several species of catfish call the Neuse River and its tributaries home.
Many locals are drawn to the park’s 11-acre spring-fed swimming lake complete with a bathhouse, a sandy beach, a grassy lawn, and a diving platform. While this may not be the ideal time of year to take a dip, you can still enjoy views of the water (and mark the swimming thing as an activity to circle back to when the temperatures rise). Boats are available for rent, and there are plenty of fantastic places to enjoy a picnic.
For campers, there are group campsites, a 32-site family campground, and three cabins that are available by reservation.
At the visitor center, find museum-quality exhibits showcasing the region’s natural and cultural history. Interpretive programs take place throughout the year, so check the park website to see what’s on the agenda.
A Few Park Facts
The powerful forces of erosion over millions of years have resulted in the chiseled cliffs you see at the park today. The cliffs rise 90 feet above the water and extend for 600 yards, showcasing layers of sand, clay, seashells, shale, and gravel. The park itself spans 1,050 acres.
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