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
There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.
Pedal boats and canoes are available for rent at the boathouse from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The cost is $5 for each hour. Pedal boats hold 4 people; canoes hold 2.
Swimming at the lake is available Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10am to 5:30 pm. Swimming is permitted only when lifeguards are on duty. The cost is $5 per day for adults (13 and over) and $4 per day for children ages 3-12.
Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit or obtain one from the park office.
Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.
A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.
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.