Campground
Myron C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2020

Cliffs above the Neuse River is the biggest draw for campers here.

I have camped in this state park several times, including with the Boy Scouts. Other than the park itself, I really enjoyed the camaraderie when our Scout troop and another Scout troop that was camping were playing“Capture the Flag.” I say all of this because it is a great place for group camping. However, it also has conventional camping and cabins. When I first started camping at Cliffs of the Neuse, it did not have more than a mile of trails. Now it has added some more trails. It also did not have showers or cabins in times past. This park has improved significantly over the years and now has showers that are frequently maintained. One of the things you have to be aware of is that this park is sandy, so when you are camping, you will probably want to put some kind of rug in front of your tent or RV to minimize the amount of sand that you track in. Don’t think choosing another site will move you away from the sand. It won’t. Another thing you have to be aware of is that in eastern North Carolina, fire ants can be a huge problem. Some of the trails are easy, but the Spanish Moss Trail is quite steep in some places. Also, the Galax trail is almost always flooded during the spring or after a series of rains. There is a lake for swimming and a large picnic shelter. On weekends, it is not unusual for there to be lots of people at the picnic shelters, so you will have to reserve them. The sites have picnic tables and fire pits as well. This is a great park for swimming and boating, but the hiking is limited. If I am not mistaken, the total length of trails is fewer three miles. However, the main attraction is the view over the Neuse River and the new visitor’s center. Even with limited trails, it is still a great park for relaxing.

  • This is the "350 yard trail," which leads down to the Neuse River.
  • These are the cliffs that rise 90 feet above the Neuse River.
  • The Galax Trail is often impassable because of the flooding from the river.
  • At the end of the 350 yard trail, it comes to an end at the Neuse River.
  • This is one of the views of the Neuse River, which is at the top of the cliffs.
  • This is a relatively new trail that goes on the other side of the lake from the swimming area.
  • Erosion has worn away some of the cliffs.  The viewing platform was once about twenty feet beyond this point.
  • To get to the group camping area, you have to take a separate road.  Obviously, you will have to reserve the group sites ahead of time.
  • This tree along the "Bird Trail" was begging to be climbed.
  • Most of the viewing area above the cliffs is guarded with railings.  We wouldn't want little ones to fall ninety feet to the river.

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