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The spectacular cliffs overlooking North Carolina's Neuse River have drawn people to the area for thousands of years. That tradition continues today as campers from around the state and further afield drop in to stay a few nights at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park.
Located near Seven Springs, roughly 20 minutes southeast of Goldsboro, this 1,097-acre park is heaven on Earth for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors to the park can enjoy excellent hiking, boating, and swimming opportunities, and then when the sun goes down, set up camp in the park's family campground.
If you want to camp with an RV in Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, keep reading to find out how to make the most of your outdoor vacation.
With this beautiful state park situated right on the banks of the Neuse River, it won't surprise you to learn that much of the activity in Cliffs of the Neuse State Park centers on the river. For some, that simply means spending a while enjoying the views of the peacefully meandering river, soaking up the peace and quiet for a while.
For many other Cliffs of the Neuse State Park campers, however, the number-one way to enjoy this beautiful location is to do a spot of fishing. You can cast a line into the Neuse River right from the bank, and its waters are home to bluegill, largemouth bass, catfish, hickory shad, and more. However, remember that you'll need a valid state fishing license before you can even think about wetting a line.
Other water-based activities in the park take place away from the river on an 11-acre man-made lake. This scenic lake has a lovely little sandy beach and a diving platform, making it the ideal spot to enjoy a refreshing dip in the summer months. There's also a bathhouse nearby when you need to change into or out of your swimsuit.
For those who prefer to be on top of rather than in the water, you might want to rent a rowboat and enjoy a leisurely paddle around the lake. Boating and swimming are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but fees apply.
Finally, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is also known as an excellent hiking destination. Approximately 11 miles of trails meander through the park, taking you along the cliffs, beside the river, and through oaks, dogwoods, and Spanish moss.
The most popular route is, without a doubt, the 350 Yard Trail, which leads visitors to the pretty overlook that stands 90 feet above the Neuse River. If you're a keen birder, you'll probably want to take this trail and then continue along the Bird Trail (don't forget your binoculars!). For a longer trek, the two-mile Lake Trail is well worth tackling and provides some lovely water views along the way.
Camping in Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is available all year round, so search for a rental RV in Wayne County and then reserve a site in the park's pretty campground. Set in wooded surroundings, the Cliffs of the Neuse family campground is designed to accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.
It features 12 sites with 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as potable drinking water and sewer hookups. Another 18 standard campsites are also provided, and water is available at several points around the campground.
Restrooms with hot showers are clean and centrally located, while there's a dump station provided for added convenience. One of the campsites is accessible to people with disabilities, while those traveling with their dog will be pleased to learn that leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome in the campground.
Finally, there are also three camper cabins available for those visitors seeking a few extra creature comforts during their stay.
When you're ready to venture out of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and explore the surrounding area, you'll find loads of other great attractions just an easy drive away.
For example, if you steer your rental RV to the southeast, you could be in Jacksonville within an hour. While you're there, make sure you go kayaking or just soak up some sunshine on Wrightsville Beach.
Head west and you'll soon arrive in Fayetteville, where the Airborne and Special Operations Museum is a must-visit for any military history enthusiast.
And if you drive just an hour and a half to the northwest, you'll find yourself in Raleigh. If you've got the time, make sure to wander through the fascinating North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
In fact, you can travel a couple of hours in pretty much any direction and be guaranteed to find a destination worth visiting or an activity worth experiencing. So book a rental RV near Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and start exploring the best of North Carolina's southeast.