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Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, Goldsboro
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Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is a North Carolina state park in Seven Springs, Wayne County, North Carolina in the United States. It is located near Seven Springs, North Carolina and covers 1094acre along the southern banks of the Neuse River. It has a swimming area, camp sites, hiking trails, fishing areas, and picnic areas. The park's museum features exhibits about the geology and natural history of the cliffs and the park. Extending for, the series of cliffs rise 90ft above the water. Layers of sand, clay, seashells, shale and gravel form the multicolored cliff face, a rainbow of white, tan, yellow and brown.HistoryThe cliffs were formed when a fault in the Earth's crust shifted millions of years ago. The Neuse River followed this fault line and, over time, cut its course through layers of sediment deposited by shallow seas that had earlier covered the coastal plain. A portion of the river took a bend against its bank and the water's erosive action slowly carved Cliffs of the Neuse.Much of the human history of the area centers around the river. The Tuscarora and Saponi Indian tribes once occupied much of the land between the Neuse and Pamlico rivers. What is now the park used to be a ceremonial ground and a gathering place for hunting expeditions. The river was also used for travel into the surrounding wilderness.
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TripAdvisor
  • Just happen to see signs to the cliffs of the neuse River. Had a nice walking trail to the cliffs. Also had a nice visitors center. 
  • My family and I stopped by here on our way back from Raleigh. The scenery is amazing for this area of North Carolina.Ive noticed there are a lot of reviews that people are complaining about the ants. ...  more »
  • For Eastern North Carolina you can actually get a little winded on these trails.....the fall scents have begun to linger (September) ahhhhhhh...the park is a great place to walk your pets too....they ...  more »
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  • The Cliff's are far more than just a feature at this state park; they are a valuable lesson in history and conservation. If you visit please get a guided tour when available to really get awe inspired by the scale of the Cliff's and their interplay with time and climate. You will learn about all the plant and animal species that inhabit the 1,000 plus acres. This park is extremely popular in the summer months thanks to a gorgeous swimming area that also has paddle boats nearby. You can find year round adventure on the many trails both high and low-- taking you all the way to the river's edge. If you are planning a family or scouting activity the Cliff's offer camping areas so you can rough it up. If you are looking for a cabin you will need to look elsewhere. The park closes at 10 for entry so be mindful of that if exiting. The Cliff's Overlook is my favorite spot as my school took annual field trips to the Cliff's and we always took pictures with the same majestic river in the background. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
  • Beautiful Park with a small swimming lake, scenic views of the Neuse River 3 levels of hiking trails with a nice welcome center and campground. I large covered Picnic pavilion that can be rented for the day with access to new clean bathrooms. It's a great place for a day trip and a picnic.
  • Great place to get away not far from town. Good trails, great picnic area, even a nice swimming area for a small fee. Reasonable. Snacks and other things available..good place
  • Excellent family park. And it's been renovated. We used to go here for Sunday picnics when I was a kid. There are now overlooks onto the Mouse River, educational posters, a welcome center. And it has camping and a lake for those wanting to stay overnight.
  • Great place to hike trails and feel at home with nature. I also enjoy walking all the streets for a fast pace.