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Culture & Recreation in Wayne County

There are great things to experience here! Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, hitting the golf course or savoring the arts, Wayne County has local offerings to match your lifestyle. The newly refurbished Paramount Theatre, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and the Arts Council of Wayne County are just a few of the amenities available to our residents.  

But don't forget our prime access to both world class urban entertainment or majestic rural seclusion!  Minutes to our west, you can be immersed in professional sports venues and cultural or entertainment stages. Take that same drive to our east for weekend explorations of coastal beaches and a multitude of water sports.

Local Arts

Wayne County residents prioritize arts and culture. From the Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro with its regular concert, musical and film events to the Wayne Chapter of the North Carolina Symphony and the Goldsboro Ballet, residents of Wayne County enjoy the finest in regional performances and national touring acts.  The Wayne Arts Council shares the talents of local artists and offers classes as well.  Want to try your hand at performing? Several local theater companies and musical groups are always looking for talent to join their community.  Many creative shops display the products of home grown creativity as well.


Whether its a float down the Neuse or a hike around town, we always have options to fill your spare time.  The beautiful Cliffs of the Neuse State Park and extensive Goldsboro Parks & Recreation system are just two examples of the outdoor and recreational amenities we love.

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park with its staggering cliffs overlooking the Neuse River, five hiking trails and 11-acre lake for swimming is one of the jewels of Wayne County. Visitors and local families alike have enjoyed the park for years and take advantage of the park’s 35-site campground and museum-quality exhibits at the visitor center.


Wayne County boasts an abundance of courses for golf enthusiasts. The renowned Walnut Creek Country Club is recognized as one of the finest courses in eastern North Carolina.  Established in 1965, Walnut Creek boasts a number of amenities, including a Pete Dye-designed 18-hole championship course, a beautiful member’s clubhouse with formal dining room, five tennis courts and an Olympic size swimming pool. Additionally, the semi-private Southern Wayne Country Club offers 18 holes, an Olympic size pool and an on-site PGA professional.  Other courses in the area include Sleepy Creek Golf Club, Lane Tree Golf Course, Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course and the Three Eagles Golf Course at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.