Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Cliffs of the Neuse State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy trail, was a little crowded on a Saturday

The Lake Trail at Cliffs of the Neuse is a very smooth trail meandering through the woods and by the lake and boathouse. Very pretty, however the trail is not at all marked well. There are no trail markers nor is it on any of the permanent maps at the park.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice walk but not a lot of panoramic views like you get with some of the other river trails in this area. An easy walk overall.

Enjoyed it!

Enjoyed it

Easy. Nice views

Enjoyed it! Will be back

This was my favorite of the short trails in the park. Will def be back

hiking
5 months ago

Had a great time on the trail all to myself and my dogs on Christmas morning!

This area is a great place to hike. Plenty of hills and great scenery that will give you a killer workout with great views. Great place to bring your dog. Stay away from the water unless it is the lake area. The lake area is fairly clean BUT the Neuse River is nothing but a septic tank now. I don't even let my dog get near the water unless its the lake. This place would get five stars if it were not for how nasty the water is. Don't get caught with your dog in the lake. The Park Officials frown on that lol lol

hiking
9 months ago

This area is a great place to hike. Plenty of hills and great scenery that will give you a killer workout with great views. Great place to bring your dog. Stay away from the water unless it is the lake area. The lake area is fairly clean BUT the Neuse River is nothing but a septic tank now. I don't even let my dog get near the water unless its the lake. This place would get five stars if it were not for how nasty the water is. Don't get caught with your dog in the lake. The Park Officials frown on that lol lol

hiking
11 months ago

It is a wonderful hike! Let me just say the trails are easy but the side trails are "moderate". Needless to say o was able to get in about a 7 mile hike total. It is gorgeous and bugs are minimal. Just get a map because the trails can become somewhat tricky when they all intersect.

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

The Bird trail at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is a short loop that starts from the Galax trail or the bottom of the 350 yard trail. The trail climbs to a hill that is not really a cliff but does go along the Neuse River for a short way. Didn't see any birds but the habitat definitely will attract them in warmer weather. Not a great trail, but add it to the others at the State Park to get a better workout. One thing about these trails, they are hard packed smooth sand with not many roots, and have several staircases. Great for trail running.

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Galax Trail at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park can be accessed via the Lake Parking area starting at the sign that says, "To Trails." The trail proper starts at either the spillway cross-over or the end of the 350 Yard Trail and also accesses the Bird Trail. I'm sure Galax grows along the trail but didn't see any as the forest floor was covered with leaves. The trail hikes through the woods connecting to other trails mainly, so not a whole lot to offer other than being a good connector. The park staff do a great job keeping the trails free of leaves and sticks, and the hard packed sandy trails are great for trail running. The lake spillway was interesting. The park is worth a visit and I suspect crowded in summer at the lake.

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Big fish jumping, cool waters rolling, great canoeing and boating opportunities, the powerful Neuse during high water periods can swallow whole towns. I recently stopped by Cliffs of the Neuse State Park for an excellent taste of the Neuse - an interesting place near Goldsboro. I've biked along the Neuse over 20 miles on the Neuse River Trail in Raleigh, fished and boated near Tryon Palace at the mouth of the Trent River - great place for speckled trout, and fished near the mouth of the Neuse down near Cherry Point's jets, even spotted a Manatee right near the Hwy 17 bridge! Hats off to Chris and the Boy Scouts who canoed a pretty fair stretch of river. The Neuse has a lot to offer!

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The easy, gravel 350 Yard Trail runs mostly along the cliffs and connects the Galax and Bird Trails to the Spanish Moss Trail at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Highlighted is the view from the Cliffs Overlook, which is a short stroll from the Cliffs Overlook parking area. Combine all the trails in the Park and you'll hit about 5 miles total with a bit of elevation gain up and over the cliffs area. The view is worth a stop, very similar to the view of the Cape Fear River at Raven Rock State Park.

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Probably the best trail in Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, the Spanish Moss trail starts from the expansive view at the Cliffs Overlook and descends to the Neuse River via some elaborate steps. Evidence of Hurricane Matthews' high waters left debris and sand bars at river level. You get a good view of the cliff colors from the bottom too. And the hike back up is steep but easy with the steps. The variety in this hike makes it worth the stop if you are near Goldsboro. Drive to the end of the road to the Cliffs Overlook and the trail starts off to the left. Some fish were jumping out of the very still Neuse when I visited. An interesting fact is that UNC sends field trips down to the river for water samples, monitoring algae and pollution levels.

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Lake trail at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is a two mile loop starting at the large parking area near the small lake. The nicest feature of this trail is it's flat, covered with smooth hard packed sand and is great for trail running. As it is away from the cliffs, I suspect it is the least used trail other than maybe the Longleaf trail. Provides a nice remote walk for solitude. The trail takes you to the Visitor Center and then you return to the parking lot down the short road to the right of the VC.

scenic driving
Thursday, February 04, 2016

I think we drove more miles than we would have canoed.

scenic driving
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Not up to hiking or canoeing this far. We followed the river by road as best we could. It made a wonderful road trip, from small towns to scenery.

paddle sports
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I recently kayaked 22 miles of the neuse from seven springs to kinston. Great trip. I was with Boy Scouts and we camped overnight about 2/3 of the distance. Awesome trip.

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