Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, Goldsboro NC


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Jul 26, 2012
Shell Rock Landing, Hubert NC
This park was established in 1945 and the facilities were built soon afterwards and definitely show their age. The commode stalls are very narrow(a problem for my large girth), sit very low and one of the three stalls was broken. Showers are small and have no hanging hooks but do have an abundance of hot water. Cleanliness of the bathrooms is poor at best.

There are 35 sites without water, sewer or electricity. There are several potable water spigots where you can fill tanks throughout and one dump station. The sites were not designed for modern campers and therefore some are small. Sites 1,2,3,6,7,9,10, 11,12,13, 14, 17, 21, 23,25, 26,34 would all be very difficult to get a pop-up and vehicle on. Not that the remaining sites are all that great. The better sites are between 15 and 33. Unfortunately, for some reason they have recently removed all underbrush from the area(tick control??) and now the sites are open. Some of the sites are also very unlevel from front to back.

There is a new Visitor Center built at the end of 2011. A lake for swimming with life guard and boat rentals. There is also the Neuse River for fishing and canoeing/kayaking. Several trails along the cliff top and leading down to the river. Within 30 miles of the park are several historic attractions such as the birthplace of Governor C.B. Aycock near Fremont, Old Waynesborough Village in Goldsboro, numerous Civil War battlefields sites including Bentonville, Goldsboro Bridge, Engagement at Whitehall in Seven Springs and numerous sites in and around Kinston including the C.S.S. Neuse.


Aug 23, 2018
Wilmington, NC
This campground was redone in 2019 and reopened in 2020. Still 34 campsites. There is a mix of power and full hookups on the RV sites. Bathhouse is completely redone. As for the non-hookup sites; many might be okay for tents, but to me would not be appropriate for anything other as they are not much more than a small patch of dirt/sand with a fire ring and picnic table often on quite un-level ground. We stayed in #28, which was nice, and had the place much to ourselves as #30 is a good bit away and there were no one tent camping on that half of the campground. Definitely tighter on the low number side.

There is a lake for swimming/boat house, diving platform in lake, which looks up to date and must be popular, but was closed at the time due to Covid-19. Mix of trails along river and lake. Some can be biked and are mostly sandy and not technical.

Note: At the time of this post the images on ReserveAmerica do no reflect the current state of the spots. For example #28 is currently a gravel drive with a pea gravel picnic area with a fire ring set in a generous and slightly decorative bit of concrete.
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