Kinston/Lenoir County Parks & Recreation Department

Parks & Facilities


Kinston-Lenoir County

Visitor & Information Center

101 East New Bern Road
Kinston, NC  28501
(252) 522-0004

Paddlers on the Neuse in Kinston

The Kinston-Lenoir County Visitor and Information Center is located on the historic battlefield of the First Battle of Kinston.  The center offers visitors the opportunity to see many local civil war artifacts and historic findings from the First Battle of Kinston as well as other sites from the area and surrounding areas. Also available is an auditorium and projection screen that features various films about Kinston that can be viewed every hour.  The Visitor Center also has vending machines, clean restrooms and animal walks for the traveler wanting to stop and take a break.  Please feel free to visit Monday - Friday from 9 am-5 pm, Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1 pm-5pm. Admission is free.

The auditorium space in the Visitor's Center is available, on a limited basis, for rent during normal operating hours. The fee is $40 per hour, payable 48 hours before your scheduled event. Video equipment is available, but you must have your own lap top computer. A podium with a sound system is also available.

The Kinston-Lenoir County Visitor's Center serves as a stop on Amtrak's bus service in eastern NC. For more information, visit Amtrak's website.


Hwy 70 and 258 South
101 East New Bern Road
Kinston, NC

(252) 522-0004

Lucy Marston, Tourism Director