The park's swim lake season will begin Saturday, May 27, and the lake will also be open on Sunday, May 28, and on Memorial Day Monday, May 29. The lake will be closed May 30-June 2, and reopen on Saturday, June 3 and on Sunday, June 4. The swim lake offers swimming and paddling rentals that include canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. The concession stand offers drinks and food including burgers, pizzas, hot pockets, and assorted ice cream snacks. Hours this season for the lake will run 10:00 a.m.-6 p.m.Posted on: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 5:43pm
The park's 35-site family campground will be closed to the public through December to accomodate electrical, water, and gray water lines being installed to sites 30, 32, 34 and 1-12 in addition to three new cabins that will be located in sites 7, 9, and 11. The park's group sites will remain open and reservations may be made by calling 1-877-7CAMP-NC. Public notice will be made once the project is complete and the campground is reopened this coming fall.Posted on: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 3:29pm
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 from 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. for a fee. Swimming is permitted only when lifeguards are on duty.
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.
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.
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Winter (Dec., Jan., & Feb.): 7am - 7pm
Spring (March & April): 7am - 9pm
Summer (May-Sept.): 7am - 10pm
Fall (Oct. & Nov.): 7am - 8pm
9am - 5pm daily, 7 days a week. Visitor Center may be closed for one-hour at midday on weekends.