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Neuse River/Nature Park Draw Crowds

Outdoor Activities
Outdoor Activities

With its natural beauty and grand scale, the Neuse River is one of Kinston's greatest assets.

Take a quiet trip down the Neuse River by kayak or canoe. Located within the 55-acre Neuseway Nature Park, the Neuse River draws about 80,000 visitors each year to enjoy the river and absorb the natural beauty it fosters. Paddlers enjoy fishing, birdwatching and cooling off on hot summer days.

The Neuse River has witnessed a fascinating portion of history as it was once host to the C.S.S. Ram Neuse, one of the Confederate Army's last ironclad warships, which the Confederate Army had to destroy to avoid its capture by closing Union forces.

The Nature Park offers places for fishing, access to the river and camping. The campground has hot showers, fire rings, picnic tables and a dump station. Numerous campsite accommodations of all kinds are available, ranging from those with full hook-ups for recreational vehicles to scenic tent campsites.