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Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Description - Witness the effects of the forces of erosion which have carved and chiseled cliffs in the west bank of the Neuse River. Here ancient mountain communities meet coastal ones and mountain galax grows on rich slopes overlooking coastal trees draped in Spanish moss. Important geological history is revealed in the visible banks of sedimentation in the cliff side. A curious mixture of plant life also lives in the region of this cliff.

Park Hours: November-February 8 am-6 pm; March, October 8 am - 7 pm; April, May, September 8 am - 8 pm; June-August 8 am - 9 pm. Office hours: 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday. Gates will remain locked, except in emergency situations, when the park is not in operation. Please plan accordingly. The park is closed Christmas Day.

Recreation - The river and its banks are a haven for fishing and canoeing.

Family and group camping are popular highlights along with the day-use attractions offering four easy hiking trails and one hundred picnic tables located in the shade of thick pines. There is also a large picnic shelter for large gatherings. Twelve tables and two fireplaces are housed in a covered brick shelter. Free unless reserved.

Creative dioramas and audio visuals in the museum depict the geology and natural history of the region.

River and stream fishing is permitted along the banks of the Neuse River A ranger is available to help educate visitors on the plant and animal life and other natural features of the park. Nature hikes and Saturday evening illustrated talks are conducted in the park amphitheater during the summer months. A museum is located near the northern end of the cliffs. Creative dioramas and audiovisuals depict the geology and natural history of the area. Contact the park office for information on the pre-colonial history of the area.
Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)--The Cliffs of Time. Grades 6, 7, 8. Introduces students to basic geologic concepts, focusing on the geologic history, fossils, and erosion processes of the upper coastal plain along the Neuse River. Major concepts covered include: geologic time, weathering, erosion, fossils, prehistoric life, land forms and stewardship.

A refreshment stand, near the beach area, is open from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer months.

The parking area and pathways to the museum are wheelchair accessible; however, the picnic area, restrooms and overlooks are not.

Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

Location - Fourteen miles southeast of Goldsboro on NC 111

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Filed By: Tim and Savannah Martin
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My daughter and I left from Newport NC on Saturday afternoon and arrived 1.5 hours later without any problems. The staff where great. The park rangers where top notch. Of special note is Ranger Roy Rodgers. He was very helpful and very enthusiastic about the park and his job. I could tell it was not his first day on the job, and his attitude was contagious. The life guards were splended. Again making honorable mention, was a young lady life guard with black hair. She was in very good shape and stated that she was from Goldsboro. I sorry, but I just can't remember her name. See, my daughter is 8 and it was her first time on a diving board. The female life guard really made her feel comfortable among all the males. Keep up the good work. Bravo Zulu

Filed By: Jordan (Raleigh, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I liked the paths and how it led you throughout the whole forest. I like it when it leds you right to the top of the cliff overlooking the river. I had to come here for an assignment for college but I enjoyed it and would encourage someone else to visit.

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Contact Information:
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, 345-A Park Entrance Road , Seven Springs, NC, 28578, Phone: 919-778-6234, Fax: 919-778-7447
, clne_ncdpr@coastalnet.com

Additional Information:
Coastal Region - Throughout history, the coastal regions of the globe have been major attractions. North Carolina's Coastal Region is no different. With its mild climate, this beautiful eastern region of the state entertains millions of guests all year.
Fayetteville Area - Fayetteville is located in the southern Piedmont area of the state offering a pleasant environment for many of our nation's military personnel. It is home of Fort Bragg Army Base and Pope Air Force Base. Fort Bragg boasts a population of over 60,000 individuals while Pope Air Force Base has a peacetime population of over 6,500 people. It was settled in the 1730's and became a military town during World War I. It also has Revolutionary and Civil War history.
New Bern Area - New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina. It was settled in 1710 at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers by German and Swiss immigrants who purchased the land from the Tuscarora Indians. They supported themselves by shipping tar pitch and turpentine to New England, England and the West Indies. Shortly thereafter, New Bern became the state's first capitol and the center of politics.
North Carolina State Parks - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and countless fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks.
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.

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