Myron C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2019

Small State Park with a View from the Cliffs

Although the family campground is closed until autumn, I recently stayed at this state park and have stayed at it many times before. It doesn't have as many amenities as more developed campgrounds, but there is plenty to do. For example, there are about 3-4 miles of hiking trails, one that takes you beside the 90-foot cliffs overlooking the Neuse River. There is a small nature center that describes the history and geographical features of the area. During the summer, you can swim or rent canoes and paddle boats. You can fish at the river or in the lake. Since this state park is in the middle of the country, the sounds of nature are interrupted only by occasional jets flying overhead from the nearby air force base. There is also a large picnic area adjacent to one of the parking lots. The biggest draw of this park, obviously, is the cliff view, but if you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere, this is a great place to camp.

  • This is the view from the 90-foot cliffs overlooking the Neuse River.
  • Some of the areas are often flooded, and this trail runs beside a flooded tributary of the Neuse river.
  • This is the boat house at the lake in which you can rent canoes and paddle boats.
  • Despite being in the coastal plain, the trails are not always flat.
  • One of the trails takes across the spillway from the lake.
  • The Spanish Moss Trail is fairly steep.
  • This is one of the best views from the top of the cliffs.
  • The newest trail at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park takes you around the lake and gives you a view of the boat house.
  • The lake has a diving platform within swimming distance of the beach.
  • During flood season, some of the trails are under the high waters from the Neuse River.
  • One of the trails takes you to another view of the lake ... and great fishing spots.

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