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Events and Programs

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.

It's volunteer trails day at Cliffs! We will be doing trail maintenance to include: step removal, digging drainage, and cutting back growth. Please pack a backpack with water and lunch. 

Children are allowed to attend but they must be accompanied by an adult and their guardian must be comfortable with the child potentially being around sharp tools. 

Anyone who would like to bring their own hand tools are welcome to.

Date of Event:
Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Overlook Parking Lot

The Arts Council of Wayne County will be having a blue dragon craft to "wake the insects" at Cliffs of the Neuse! 

"Following Chinese tradition, the children attending will help to build a beautiful paper dragon that will be used to run through the park in an effort to wake the insects, as well as dance for rain to produce a fruitful harvest, and enjoy traditional Chinese treats including dumplings and noodles. We will also have a dragon painting contest."

The Blue Dragon Festival is part of the Arts Council of Wayne County's Multi-Cultural Music Series sponsored by PNC Bank.

Stay tuned, more information to come.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/03/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Swim Beach Parking Lot

Join a ranger for a discussion on fire safety and campfire techniques. Come hungry! We'll be roasting marshmallows.  

Date of Event:
Wed, 03/07/2018 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

The 10K Women Trail Project, launched by Hike It Baby and sponsored by REI, is an initiative to get women and girls on trails across the United States. North Carolina State Parks is supporting this effort by creating Trail Sisters—a series of hikes in our state parks led by our female staff.  These hikes aim to bring women of all backgrounds and trail experience together for fellowship, fresh air, and improved health in the outdoors.
Join Park Ranger Eryn Staib on a moderate, 2-mile jog around the park’s Lake Trail. We will meet at the Visitor’s Center by the trail head. Remember to dress for the weather and bring water! All levels are welcome! This program can be tweaked for those who wish to walk, or run only part. Please, no dogs on this hike.
We will be having varying levels of trail sister hikes every month this year.
For more information: or 

Date of Event:
Fri, 03/23/2018 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join Cliffs of the Neuse and the Arts Council of Wayne County for their 2nd annual Art in the Park.  Local artists will be in the park demonstrating and selling their art.
There will be two music competitions, a battle of the bands, and chorus at the Cliffs—these musicians will be competing for a cash prize and will need their fans to send in their votes. There will also be food vendors selling delicious food.
The 2018 theme for North Carolina State Parks is fish! The park booth will be running a Rainbow Fish read along program with a tie-in arts and craft for children.

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Swim Lake Parking Lot

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

240 Park Entrance Road
Seven SpringsNC 28578
Latitude: 35.235400
Longitude: -77.893200

Park Hours:

Winter (Dec., Jan., & Feb.):
7am - 6pm
Spring (March & April):
7am- 8pm 
Summer (May-Sept.):
7am - 9pm
Fall (Oct. & Nov.):
7am - 8pm

Visitor Center
9am - 5pm daily, 7 days a week. Visitor Center may be closed for one-hour at midday on weekends.