Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Map of TRACK Trail at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

The Cliffs of the Neuse TRACK Trail is a two-mile-long moderate one-way trail, whose trailhead is located off Park Entrance Road at the park’s Visitor Center. It was opened to the public in June of 2015, and has since become one of Cliffs most popular trails.

This trail winds through a previously unused, forested section of the park and provides a good look at many mature white oaks in addition to a variety of other hardwoods. With a lesser number of loblolly and longleaf pines featured, hikers who look closely may glimpse historic remnants of dead longleaf stumps that were used in the Naval Stores industry between 1750 and 1875. Hikers should expect to see white-tailed deer along this trail in the fall during the peak of the hard mast (acorn) drop.

To return to the Visitor’s Center, hikers follow the main path up into the swim lake parking lot and continue on, or beside, the pavement back to the Visitor Center.

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, with its impressive cliffs overlooking the Neuse River, has been a landmark for centuries. Five hiking trails explore the riverside habitats and their mature forests and lead to some quiet fishing spots along the waterway. A favorite facility for the local communities is an 11-acre swimming lake with a bathhouse, grass-covered lawn, sandy beach and diving platform with rental boats available. Expansive picnic grounds are nearby. The park has group campsites and a 35-site family campground. A visitor center offers museum-quality exhibits that explore the natural and cultural history of the region, complementing regular interpretive programs.

Track an adventure here
Collectible Sticker for Cliffs of the Neuse

Location Details

Recreational Features: Canoe / Kayak, Camping, Picnic Tables, Fishing
Amenities: Restrooms, Visitor Center, Food Service
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year
Neuse River

Adventures for Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Animal Athletes brochure
Hiking

Cliffs of the Neuse: Animal Athletes

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.00
The Animal Athletes adventure challenges kids to exercise with the animals. This brochure gives kids eight different animal exercises they can do along the trail. From hummingbird hand-swings to lizard pushups, kids are sure to have fun getting in shape with the animals during their outdoor adventures.
Nature's Hide and Seek brochure
Hiking

Cliffs of the Neuse: Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.00
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Types of Trees brochure
Hiking

Cliffs of the Neuse: Types of Trees

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.00
It’s easy to get confused with the various types of trees that can be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are more species of trees here than in all of Europe! Use this guide to identify and learn about a few of the common types of trees in the area.
Tracks and Traces brochure
Hiking

Cliffs of the Neuse: Tracks and Traces

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
2.00
Every animal leaves "Tracks and Traces" of its presence when they pass through an area. From footprints, to scat (poop), to other traces like food scraps, animals leave clues of their presence everywhere. The "Tracks and Traces" brochure was designed to help you identify the various tracks and traces animals leave behind.

Directions

240 Park Entrance Road
Seven Springs, NC 28578
Latitude: 35.234846900000
Longitude: -77.895394600000

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

The Cliffs of the Neuse State Park TRACK Trail was made possible through partnerships formed between the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the National Park Service.