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Thursday, May 25, 2017 Destination Summer — 13 100 S. Queen St. Kinston, NC 28501 252-686-6149 Specializing in products manufactured in N. C. HAWK'S NEST Café and General Store Look for our Products in your local grocery store 29DSL0516J© Ensuring the arts are thriving in our community S u m m e r C a m p ! Ba r t Z . Be e 102 N. John Street Goldsboro, NC 27569 Call or email to register today! 919.736.3300 Ages 5-12 B E E a W o r l d T ra ve l e r ! News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO Another trail takes visitors down some wood steps through the trees. Swim, hike, picnic and fish at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park By BECKY BARCLAY For summer activities, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is the place to go. You can hike, fish, swim, boat and pic- nic. You have your choice of several trails that are perfect for hiking. The lake trail, which goes around the park's swim lake, is two miles long. And there are shorter trails. "Some people will take the lake trail and then take the galax bird trail to the Spanish moss trail to the sandpath trail for a five-mile loop around the park," said Eryn Staib, park ranger. She said the trails range from easy to strenuous. "The Spanish moss trail is uphill both ways and is one of the tougher ones, but it's less than a mile long," Ms. Staib said. "You take different trails to see dif- ferent wildlife. I see a lot of birds along the river trails. You could run into some of the ground animals on some of the other trails. You also see different kinds of trees." The hot summer months are a good time to take a dip in the cool swim lake at the Cliffs. It will open Memorial Day weekend and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Cost is $5 for adults 13 and older for the day and $4 for children ages 3 through 12 for the day. "The lake is spring fed," Ms. Staib said. "It's totally separate from the river. It's very clean. We do water testing on it." The concession stand at the swim lake will be open, selling drinks, ice cream and other food items. Or you can take your own food to the beach, but no glass. Dogs are not allowed on the beach either. Also at the swim lake will be pedal boat, kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals. They are $5 for the first hour and $3 for every hour after that. Family camping is closed for the summer due to renovations, but the group campground will be open. Cost is $25 per night for up to 40 people. There are four sites. You can also try your hand at fish- ing at the Cliffs. "A good place to fish is the sand- bank over off the Spanish moss trail," Ms. Staib said. "Or down the 350-yard trail at the little sandbank peninsula where all the cypress trees are." You must have your own fishing equipment, as well as a North Carolina fishing license. Those 15 and younger don't have to have a license as long as they are with an adult with a license. If you just want to have a picnic at the Cliffs, there is a covered shelter with several tables that you can rent for $98 a day. Or you can take your food to one of the other picnic tables in the park. Grills are also located in the picnic area. There will be several ranger-led programs during the summer, includ- ing: • Fitness — beginner paddleboard will be held June 6 at 10 a.m. A ranger will lead a beginner's paddle- board class. The park has six paddle- boards available. Or you may take your own. Free. Meet at the swim lake parking lot. Information and reg- istration: 919-778-6234. • Fireside chats — fire safety pro- gram will be held June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Join a ranger for marshmallows and a discussion about fire safety. Free. Meet at the visitor center. • Night paddle and camp will take place June 16 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Join a ranger for a six-mile paddle trip down the Neuse River. It will start June 16 at River Street and tie up at the Cliffs. There will be a hike to the group sites for the night. Canoes are available on a first come, first served basis. Canoers don't have to stay for camping. Participants See CLIFFS, Page 18

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