Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Our quest to visit all 41 North Carolina State Parks kept us on the eastern side of the state.  Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is about an hour and a half away from us so we decided to travel there next.  Friday evening came, we packed up our camping gear into the car, and headed towards our destination.

We added an extra turbo so we could get there faster...just kidding.
We added an extra turbo so we could get there faster…just kidding.

After an uneventful trip through rural Eastern North Carolina, we arrived at our campsite.  It was very hot outside, so we took our time setting up our camp.  This was the third time we had set up our Coleman tent, so it went up easily.  We’ve quickly fallen in love with this new tent.  You can read more about it HERE.

Our campsite
Our campsite

Burgers were prepared ahead of time, so making dinner went quick.


We enjoyed a nice dinner at our picnic table.  Potato chips accompanied the burgers we grilled.  For dessert, we tried some new bourbon.

Knob Creek Bourbon

Once it got dark, we thoroughly enjoyed our campfire.


On this trip, we decided to not cook anything for breakfast.  Cold brew coffee and some breakfast bars helped us start our day.  We found lunch at a VERY eclectic Mexican restaurant in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  After lunch we made our way to Carolina Outlets to walk off our lunch and take advantage of the air conditioning.  Upon returning to Cliffs of the Neuse SP, we decided to check out the visitor’s center.

Visitors' Cneter
Visitors’ Center

One of the biggest attractions of Cliffs of the Neuse SP is the lake, so we decided to check that out.  It was very peaceful, so we took a seat on the boat dock and enjoyed the scenery.

The lake
The lake

Nature never ceases to amaze us.  While enjoying a relaxing evening at our campsite, we were joined by an inquisitive owl.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

After dinner, we made sure that our firewood was fully stocked.

Let's build a huge fire!
Let’s build a huge fire!

Before dark, we decided to check out the overlook.

Cliffs of the Neuse Overlook
Cliffs of the Neuse Overlook

The next morning, an early morning hike was in order.

Sunrise hike
Sunrise hike

The river was amazing.

Cliffs of the Neuse
The Neuse River

Overall we really enjoyed our time at this state park.  We would recommend visiting this park in the Spring or Fall, when the temperature is more tolerable.

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Ashley Welton View All →

Freelance Graphic Designer based in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. I enjoy creating digital art, illustrations and photography. I also enjoy hiking, birding, cooking, reading, traveling and a nice bourbon or two.

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