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Neuse Paddle Trail

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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

Neuse Paddle Trail

Neuse Paddle Trail

A paddling launch is located 2 highway miles north of the visitor center at Cliffs of the Neuse. The launch is located adjacent to the intersection of River Road and Mine Hill Road, just below Broadhurst Bridge (GPS: 35.2552, -77.9066). The launch was obtained in 2015 as a gift from the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, and thanks in part to efforts by former County Planning Director Connie Price.

From this launch, paddlers can enjoy a beautiful section of the Neuse River on an 8-mile trip that leads them through the park and to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's Seven Springs public boat ramp that serves as a takeout. This trip is suggested only for experienced paddlers, and the park advises that paddlers check in at the park for the latest river conditions and to advise a ranger of their float plan.

Common sights along the river include bald eagles, river otter, and various waterfowl, and the river provides abundant fishing opportunities. The park offers a one-page paddle trail map at the visitor center, and ranger-led paddle trips for the public are scheduled regularly. On standard flow conditions, the trip typically takes about 3 hours.

Trail Location: 
River Road and Mine Hill Road, below Broadhurst Bridge, GPS: 35.2552, -77.9066
Trail Length: 
8.00 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
moderate paddle
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
water (paddle trail)
Trail Blaze: 

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