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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  • My family and I have visited the Neuse several times and it is a nice park. The educational center is small but neat and the campground is decent. Every time we have walked the trails the carpenter/fi...  more »
  • This state park is beautiful and the lake area is VERY well maintained with hands down the cleanest bathrooms I've ever seen in a state park!  more »
  • lots of trails to walk on, picnic areas, and easy to drive around. the Neuse is always on the news when there is a flood but I got to see it up close and it really is big and goes on for a long way.  more »
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  • This was my first time there art the park and it was magnificent. It has adequate parking, sitting areas, and restrooms. The trails were nice and clean. I was beyond amazed at the beauty of it all. They also throughout the year have events for families. Lovely lovely place.
  • This place is amazing. It is not far from Jacksonville and is just a beautiful place to visit. Not only is there multiple nature trails you can take but there is also a place to swim and multiple places to go to fish. When I was here I sadly forgot my fishing pole, but the fish were jumping out of the water. And it was just a quiet and quaint place to be. I'm addition there is bathrooms at the main portion and a place to picnic.
  • Really cool park. Nice trails with great views. I really liked the views from the bird viewing trail. The cliff is a good photo op. The visitor center seems pretty new and has some interactive and interesting information about the cliffs. I would recommend checking that out before viewing the cliffs to get a better appreciation of the cliffs. The lake was also nice to swim in after a hike not a muddy floor like some lakes. Only downside was all the gnats flying in your face.
  • My mom and I stopped to revisit this park on the way to another park where we would camp for the weekend. We really like this little park and were surprised to see a lot changes since we had been there last. I'm excited to come camp during the spring with the new lake and activities. We mainly stopped to stamp our passport books since we forgot last time. The slender older lady in the office was rude, and almost took our books right out of our hands. I guess we weren't finding the correct page fast enough. She was not friendly, did not engage in conversation and simply asked, "Do you need anything else?" before heading straight back to the office again. We felt unwelcome and left and I loudly apologized for being such an inconvenience. Usually everyone is so friendly and happy to answer questions and chat. This time we felt like a major hassle. Yikes!
  • What a glorious place to behold! In eastern NC taboot!!!! This is an oasis away from the flat land of the coastal area. Go now and get your passport stamped! Enjoy this gorgeous state we live in. And dogs love it there.

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