Old Waynesborough Park
Old Waynesborough Park
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6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Old Waynesborough Park is open 7 days a week and features four miles of walking trails along the banks of the Neuse and Little Rivers, on the site of Waynesborough, the original county seat of Wayne. The visitors' center and village are open Friday & Saturday 9AM-5PM and Sunday 1PM-5PM. We also have the Historical Village, a collection of historic buildings from around the county including a Quaker meeting house, one-room school, and turn of the century lawyer's office. Each building is open to the public during open hours. The visitors center contains the Hamilton collection, one of the finest privately held Civil War collections in the country. Admission is free. We also rent our facilities for weddings, receptions, reunions, and other similar events. See our website or call us for information.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Danes1221
Wilson, NC113 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
stopped by today and was not impressed. the entrance to the park is full of road debris. when we entered the visitor center, despite there being two staff members present, we were not greeted or even acknowledged by either of them. never even looked up despite the chimes when the door opened and our looking at every exhibit as we walked around. all of the buildings were closed, despite the park being open and no signs stating that all the buildings were closed. very disappointing. they’re also not in the best condition and all of the signage has been removed so there is no information or context. we continued on and walked all the trails. the trails are covered with small trash and debris and broken glass. the trails are somewhat clearly marked. on one trail we arrived at a bridge that was 2/3 gone. only the framing and rusted nails sticking up. the caution tape was long gone and we were forced to circle back. overall, the park is very run down and the staff was quite rude. would only go back if the buildings were open.
Written April 8, 2021
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Heron319
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I’m giving this a 2 stars because of the relics that are quite nicely displayed in the welcome center. The gentleman inside the center was somewhat helpful in regards to the trails but didn’t offer much more information. We were able to enter some of the historic buildings but you can see immediately that they have not been taken care of and some you can’t enter at all, such a same! No signage to tell you what you are about to see, but you can sort of figure it out once inside. The theory of bringing the the buildings there was a great idea but they are NOT maintaining them, they will go to ruins and are well underway, may as well left them where they were. The cemetery is also need of maintenance. The whole trail area is actually dangerous with large red ant hills and fallen trees in the trail path, over hanging tree limbs and trees ready to fall at any time, and some sink holes that are partially in the trails. Also some of the trail markers are down, we talked about how people probably get lost in there. There is also an ATV/motorbike trail on the other side of the river which is very loud during your walk. Saw some birds which was the highlight for me but other than that we spoke mainly about how sad it is that the park is not cared for; has such potential! The bridge is still out and is a long way back to the entrance, we went down and crossed the small creek and climbed the other side to finished the trail which was a lot closer. Glad to be out of there! Would not recommend bringing children here.
Written January 8, 2023
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Lori M
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
So sad! Used to love going to this park with my kids now you can’t even walk down any of the trails. The grass is overgrown to my calves, the bridge is out by the river trail, numerous trees have fallen down blocking the trails. Went into the visitor center trash was over flowing in the bathroom, probably hasn’t been emptied in a few weeks. Speaking to the single employee there on a Saturday gave me the impression that he really didn’t care what the park and the visitor center looked like! Like I said earlier just really sad that it’s not being cared for like it needs to be.
Written August 6, 2022
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cheryl h
Durham, NC57,845 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Waynesborough was incorporated in 1787 with a jail, taverns, courthouse, stocks, stores and homes. It was a stagecoach stop for changing horses and passengers traveling to/from Raleigh, Tarborough, New Bern and Fayetteville.

We arrived about 15 minutes before closing. I knew we would probably not be able to get inside the buildings but I did not expect the lady to already be closing up the visitor center. We pulled up just as she was locking the doors. We asked if she was closing up already and she looked at her watch, acted frustrated, and told us we could come in. After looking at everything in the visitor center she told us the gates would be be locked so we should move our car but we could still walk around and look through the windows of the buildings but warned us that a flood the days before had left some of the 4 miles of trails too wet to walk on (through forest, a cypress swamp, overlooks of the Neuse River and the Little River, and open spaces).

The list of buildings (representative of a period in Wayne County history):
1. Pomona Grange building from 1890).
2. The Wiggins house where descendants still lived until the 1960s.
3. The Bethany Friends Meeting House from 1877.
4. Churchill-Cogdell Cemetery - the last remaining evidence of the original Waynesborough settlement.
5. The Faircloth Law Office from 1868.
6. The print shop from the 1920s.
7. The Park Hill School from 1880.
8. John R. Roberts School from 1834 (later converted to a Quaker church).
9. The general store from the 1920s.
10. Dr. Kennedy's Office from 1905.
11. A smoke house, a hay barn, a blacksmiths shop
12. Pavilion for picnicing and family gatherings.

I would love to go back when the buildings are open and the trails are dry.
Written June 27, 2015
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Sightseer49000028782
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A bit disappointed that all of the historic buildings and restrooms were locked during open hours. Open, but it was a Sunday.
We did enjoy the trails. They are pretty well maintained.
Written October 8, 2023
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Liz K
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Beautiful trail(s).
The trails were well marked, and the scenery and sounds were relaxing.
There is a bridge that is out, but I was able to navigate around it.
Written May 7, 2022
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Justin P
Raleigh, NC4,551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Old Waynesborough Park is located just west of Goldsboro at the site of the former town of Waynesborough. Originally the seat of Wayne County, the town began to lose residents with the coming of the railroad to nearby Goldsboro. What remained of the town was burned by Union troops during the civil war. In the 1980s, Waynesborough was a state park and transferred to the Old Waynesborough Commission in 1999. Today, there are about 4 miles of hiking trails along the Neuse River and a historical village with buildings representing Wayne County's past. Across the Neuse River is an ATV park, so expect the loud engine noise while on the trails. At a couple points, we had a nice view across the river and enjoyed watching them splash through big mud puddles. We took our dog for a hike here while visiting Goldsboro and had a really nice time.
Written February 15, 2018
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JAMES R
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Family
We enjoyed our visit and it was great to show history during that time period! The lady inside tho was a tad rude and obviously was not a children person! They do have a dog inside that growls a lot and sounds vicious but is harmless because she let my 6 children rub her lol
Written March 31, 2016
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37Ginny37
Goldsboro, NC56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
I like old things. You can wander thru the village, visitors center & down to the river. Spend as much or as little time as you like an hour,two or three is good. Have The Pig in The Park festival, call for date.
Written June 5, 2015
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alicejean
Wilmington, NC46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The hike along the river was nice. The rest of the park.was neglected…..flowing trash cans, restrooms locked, trash in parking lot. It was kind of creepy! We were the only ones there.
Written October 26, 2023
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