What to do in Waynesborough State Park

Located in the Coastal Region of North Carolina, approximately 30,000 visitors come to Waynesborough State Park each year. This tiny park rests on 130 acres along the lovely banks of the Neuse River. This is a day use park attracting anglers, boaters and picnickers. The park does have a visitor center and a historic village operated by the Old Waynesborough Commission.

Waynesborough State Park is a satellite of Cliffs of Neuse State Park, which offers an outstanding scenic attraction that has been carved by the winding Neuse River, leaving a 90-foot high cliff. Important geological history is revealed in the visible banks of sedimentation in the cliff side. A curious mixture of plant life also lives in the region of this cliff. An observation deck gives visitors the opportunity of an up close look.

Waynesborough State Park offers limited amenities at its quiet day use facility. Visitors will find eight picnic tables and four grills. One picnic table is handicapped accessible. Picnickers will find the area to be partially shaded and peaceful, lending it to leisurely outdoor dining. Only two short trails are offered. The 700-yard Loop Trail offers an easy scenic stroll. The Little River Trail is a little longer, 1.5 miles, and it too, is an easy and scenic walk. The trails are designed for foot traffic only. No horses or bicycles permitted. No camping, cabins or swimming available either. Anglers will find the Neuse River supporting channel catfish, bass and brim. Fishing from the banks is a popular pastime, especially during the warmer months.

Just off the Highway 117 South Bypass in Goldsboro

North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

345-A Park Entrance Rd.
Seven Springs, NC 28578

Phone: 919-778-6234

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