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Park office

240 Park Entrance Road
Seven Springs, NC 28578

GPS: 32.2354, -77.8932



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

The family campground is closed for reservations and walk-ins due to construction. The bath house is being renovated this year; after completion the bath house will be ADA compliant and feature separate family, men's and women's facilities. Staff will update this alert once the family campground reopens. 

Group camping will remain available through the year, but campers will not have access to showers.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Winter Hours - Closing 6PM   

The park will close at 6PM starting on November 1st. 

 Last updated on: Monday, October 28, 2019

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.

Spend a relaxing evening around the campfire while listening to a Ranger presentation; this evening’s topic will be Thanksgiving. There will also be an opportunity to share in some traditional fireside snacks – MARSHMALLOWS!! Meet at the Amphitheater.

Date of Event:
Fri, 11/15/2019 - 5:00pm
Start Location:

Come out to the park for some star gazing! Bring a chair and sit under the stars. A ranger will be on hand with a telescope and a few guide books for stargazing. We recommend bringing a red light along (won't ruin your night vision--red cellophane over a regular flashlight will work as well).

See how many constellations and planets you can spot with family and friends!

Astronomy Highlights: Perseids meteor shower peaks on August 12th, Leonid meteor shower peaks on November 17th (runs the 15th-20th), Geminid meteor shower peaks December 13th & 14th.

Event takes place at the group camp field.

*In the event of cloudy/rainy weather this event will be canceled.

Date of Event:
Mon, 11/18/2019 - 5:30pm
Start Location:
Group Camp Field

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching everyone has turkey on the brain. Bring the family out to the park and learn about these stealthy birds. We will have a gobbling good time playing games and making a tasty turkey treat while we learn. Meet at the Picnic Shelter.

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/23/2019 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Join your Friends at the park for “Friendsgiving”. We will learn some campfire cooking techniques using recipes with a Thanksgiving theme. This will be a hands-on program with small sample to taste. Please call the park office to pre-register – 919-778-6234. Meet at the Picnic Shelter.

Date of Event:
Sun, 11/24/2019 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Picnic Shelter

Need a nice exercise before Thanksgiving Dinner? Join a ranger on a crisp Autumn hike. We'll be gathering leaves and berries to create our own Fall creations!

Meet at the Swim Lake Picnic Shelter

Date of Event:
Thu, 11/28/2019 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Swim Lake Picnic Area