Cliffs of the Neuse Galax Trail

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Cliffs of the Neuse Galax Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hines Crossroads, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
114 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

wildlife

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, with 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.

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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.