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Neuse Paddle Trail

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Neuse Paddle Trail

Neuse Paddle Trail

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park now offers a canoe/kayak/paddle craft launch that is located two highway miles north of the park's visitor center. The launch is located adjacent to the intersection of River Road and Mince Hill Road just below Broadhurst Bridge (35*15'19.75N; 77*54'24.25"W). The launch was obtained in 2015 by gift of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and thanks in part to efforts by former County Planning Director Connie Price. The launch now offers those who desire to paddle a beautiful section of the Neuse an 8-mile trip that leads them through the park and onto the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Seven Springs public boat ramp that serves as a take-out. The 8-mile 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 are bald eagles, river otter, various waterfowl, and abundant fishing opportunities. The park offers a one-page paddle trail map at the Visitor Center also and ranger-led paddle trips for the public are scheduled regularly. On standard flow conditions, the trip typically takes about 3 hours.

Trail Location: 
Neuse River adjacent and through park boundaries
Trail Point of Interest: 
View of overlook from the river; park tie-up at sandbar
Trail Length: 
8.00 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
Trail Use: 
Trail Blaze: 

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Park office

240 Park Entrance Road
Seven Springs, NC 28578

GPS: 32.2354, -77.8932



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