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Canoeing at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Current status of park facilities and gate hours   

The swim lake and beach area remain CLOSED. There are NO boat rentals. Park trails and restrooms are open. The visitor center also remains closed until further notice.

Park hours for the summer are 8:00am to 8:00pm daily. 

Tent, trailer and RV campsites are open for reservations, with the exception of group campsites, which remain closed. The camper cabins are available from Fridays to Sundays only; they are closed Monday to Thursday for cleaning.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


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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  • The park is currently operating with new hours until further notice, 8:00am to 8:00pm.
     
  • 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.