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Canoeing at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Swim Lake Closure   

The swim lake is closed until further notice due to a shortage of lifeguard staff. Swimming, wading, and boating will not be allowed in the swim lake in any capacity for visitor safety concerns. The beach area is open for recreation, however, no pets are allowed on the beach.

 Last updated on: Friday, July 16, 2021

Visitor Center Open on Limited Basis   

The Visitor Center will be open on a limited basis while staff vacancies are being filled.

For park maps and brochures, passport stamps, and camping information, please visit the Camp Store located at the Family Campground. The Camp Store is open 9:00am to 8:00pm daily. 

 Last updated on: Thursday, July 1, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Cliffs of the Neuse State Park


Contact the park
 

919-778-6234

cliffs.neuse@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

240 Park Entrance Road
Seven Springs, NC 28578

GPS: 32.2354, -77.8932
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    9:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • The visitor center may close for 1 hour at midday on weekends.
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Boating and Swimming

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. For the hungry, there's also a refreshment stand. Boating and swimming are available Memorial Day through Labor Day for a fee. Swim lake times are dependent on staffing, so please call the park office for current hours.

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.

Picnicking

The shade of huge pine trees offers just the place for outdoor dining. Located near the lake, the picnic area has 30 picnic tables served by 10 grills. Drinking water and restrooms are located nearby. The park's picnic shelter is perfect for large gatherings. Twelve tables and two fireplaces are housed in a covered brick shelter. To be certain that the shelter is available, reservations are advised. Use of the shelter is free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis, unless reservations are requested. It can be reserved for a fee.