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Current status of park facilities and gate hours   

The swim lake and beach area remain CLOSED. There are NO boat rentals.

Park hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, until further notice.

The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter.

Park trails and restrooms are open. Picnic shelters are open and available for rental.

All campsites, including group campsites, are open; reservations are required. The camper cabins are available from Fridays to Sundays only; they are closed Monday to Thursday for cleaning.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Contact the park



Visitor center

240 Park Entrance Road
Seven Springs, NC 28578

GPS: 32.2354, -77.8932



  • 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


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




Scheduled events

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

Do you have what it takes to survive the outdoors? Join us as we put our survival skills to the test through a little friendly competition and challenges. This program is appropriate for all ages, though younger children will need parent/guardian assistance. Meet at the Visitor Center

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/08/2020 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

NC State Park's annual theme is "Year of Fire". Join a ranger to learn about how fire is beneficial to the park and its ecosystems. We will look at some of the tools used in safe fire management and end the program with a short hike to see the effects of fire in the landscape. Meet at the Swim Lake beach.

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/14/2020 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Swim Lake

It’s National Camp Day! Not ready to pitch a tent and spend the night outside? That’s okay; let you Stuffed Animal have the adventure for you! You can drop your Stuffed Animal off at the Visitor Center on Thursday the 19th before 3pm and pick them back up on Friday the 20th. We will take pictures of all our adventures and post them on Facebook. We will also email all the pictures to participants at the end of the night. Please note, due to covid19 all stuffed animals will receive a Lysol “shower” upon arrival.

Date of Event:
Thu, 11/19/2020 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Thanksgiving means FOOD! Let’s learn how to make some festive holiday food over the campfire. We will look at several cooking techniques. We will prepare and sample a few recipes made over the campfire. The Ranger preparing the food will wear mask and gloves, hand sanitizer will be available for all participants as we work within covid19 guidelines. Pre-registration is required; call: 919-778-6234. Meet at the Picnic Shelter.

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/21/2020 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving by talking talk turkey! Bring the family out to the park and learn about these stealthy birds and their Thanksgiving fame. We will have a gobbling good time playing games and making a tasty turkey treat while we learn. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center