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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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  • Went to the beach area, put blanket down on the edge and even walking to the area we were bitten by these red and black ants. They move fast and bite hard. Brought our dog who was also getting bit. We...  more »
  • Not too much to see here other than brown water and some cliffs but the topography is interesting and the trails well marked.  more »
  • Very nice park and trails were well marked and easy to hike. Wear shoes because it was overrun with ants!  more »
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  • We love hiking here. I suggest early morning or late evening before the sun goes down. At least during the summer months. Mid day can be rough with the kids. Swimming. Paddle boats. Hiking. Camping. Picknicking. Wonderful place
  • I love coming here to walk or run and just be with nature. They also provide boats to use in the lake and also allow you to swim in a particular area at an affordable price. The only downside is the immense amount of ants and mosquitoes you will encounter, but hey, it is nature!
  • This state park is free. The visitor's center or main office features a small museum and an interactive children's museum telling all about the area. The guides are helpful. The building is very clean and has bathrooms. The park has many well-maintained trails. There is a lake and several streams. There are large areas for picnicking and cooking outdoors. There are large pavilions with lots of tables for hosting large groups near the main office and boat areas. It was a pleasure to go hiking here and explore some of the areas. I really enjoyed it.
  • Absolutely beautiful! Places to cook out and just picnic. There are camping sites and you can fish or just walk the trails.
  • We really have fun hiking around the trails. The kids enjoy the lake also.

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