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Status of Park Facilities and Gate Hours   

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.

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.

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.

 Last updated on: Monday, June 1, 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.

Whether you're a boy scout, girl scout, or an outdoor enthusiast, map and compass reading can be a trying task...but it doesn't have to be. This is a beginners course that will teach you the basics of using a map and compass with plenty of practical activities. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so we can be sure we are properly social distancing. Call the park office, 919-778-6234, to sign up.

Date of Event:
Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

This workshop will focus on Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. Please bring a bag lunch/snacks, a face covering/mask (for when we can't social distance), and prepare to be outdoors* the entire time.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an interdisciplinary environmental education program designed for educators of ANY background. Participants in this professional learning experience will:

  • Receive PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Activity Guide and accompanying music CD
  • Identify new hands-on activities to share with learners based on the five senses, the seasons of the year, and trees in your neighborhood
  • Engage learners through song, dance, exploration, and play
  • Discover how to incorporate literature into your early childhood EE programs
  • Create a plan to infuse early childhood programming with environmental education learning experiences
  • Earn CEUs, in-service credit, or NC Environmental Education Certification hours

Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 10 people. There is a $10 cost for this workshop. PLT Activity Guides are provided at no additional costs through support from the NC Forestry Association. This workshop will be offering 4.0 contact hours, equalling 0.4 CEUs and 4 Hours in Criteria II for EE Certification (not Criteria I).

Please visit to sign up.

Date of Event:
Tue, 08/25/2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Bring the little ones out for a story and adventure. The program will begin with a short nature themed story book, followed by an outdoor activity related to our story. This program will be geared toward 3-5 year olds. This is a free program; however, registration will be required, 919-778-6234, so we can make sure we are following covid19 guidelines.

Date of Event:
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Overlook Amphitheater

Come out to the park and learn about gross things in nature through hands-on experiments. Topics will range from blood to scat and more. This is a free program; however, registration will be required, 919-778-6234, so we can make sure we are following covid19 guidelines.

Date of Event:
Fri, 09/25/2020 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

With several different bodies of water in the park, have you ever wondered where it comes from? Is it clean water? What's it good for? Get all these questions answered while participating in some water activities.  This is a free program; however, registration will be required, 919-778-6234, so we can make sure we are following covid19 guidelines.

Date of Event:
Mon, 09/28/2020 - 5:00pm
Start Location:
Swim Lake