May 24th, 2018 by

Located 100 miles south of Roanoke Rapids off I-95, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is a beautiful state park along the banks of the Neuse River in central North Carolina. Covering over 1,000 acres, the park is famous for its recreational activities and camping, as well as its geology, history, flora, and fauna. With so much to do, staying for a weekend is a no-brainer and a perfect break from routine with friends or family by your side.


For an exciting weekend trip at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, book a stay at one of the 32 family-friendly campsites scattered throughout the park. All 32 sites can accommodate either tent camping or a trailer, although only 12 of them offer 30-amp and 50-amp electrical connections for an RV, as well as wastewater disposal. The other 20 campsites have primitive features including a shared potable water spigot and access to a community bathhouse with hot showers and toilets. Each campsite comes with a grill and a picnic table.

The park also has a dedicated area for group outings. These four campsites can accommodate 30 people per area, although a reservation is required. The group campsites have water spigots and waterless toilets nearby, and also offer several grills, picnic tables, and a fire pit.


If you want to go along for the ride but the thought of mosquitos, animals, or the weather turns you off, opt for one of the three on-site rental cabins. These charming cabins sleep up to six people with a double bed and two sets of bunk beds, making it perfect for families or a group of close friends. Each cabin is powered and comes with heat and air conditioning. Outside the cabin, campers can take advantage of a charcoal grill pit, fire circle, and a picnic table.


Reservations are required to stay at the cabins and group campsites at Cliffs of Neuse, and reservations are strongly recommended on holiday and summer weekends for tent and RV campsites. Rates vary based on the season and demand. Depending on the season, the park closes between 7 and 9 p.m., but opens every day at 7 a.m. Note that the entry gate is locked at closing time, and guests are not permitted to leave the park between close and 7 a.m. except in the case of a medical emergency. For a list of other North Carolina State Park rules, check out the state website.


With your accommodation sorted, you’re free to explore the park at your leisure and enjoy the many activities offered. Sitting atop the steep cliffs of the Neuse River, the 14 miles of hiking and biking trails are ideal for some exercise and amazing photo ops. These trails also lead through pine forests to ponds that provide quiet fishing. In the middle of the park, an 11-acre lake offers boating, swimming, and canoeing, which are welcomed activities on a hot summer’s day.

When you’re in the mood to get outdoors, you can’t do much better than Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Regardless of what you decide to do, you’ll find a fun and entertaining adventure ahead of you.