Onslow Outdoors Tour
Outdoor enthusiast and local Onslow County resident, Lance Ledoux, owner of Bayonet Enterprises Cruises, in Jacksonville, has suggested a few ways to enjoy Onslow’s natural beauty outdoors!
Day One: Plan a day trip or camp out on Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park
What a beautiful place! You can take the pontoon ferry from the Park office, or take your kayak or small boat to Bear Island. There is also primitive camping by permit at one of the several prepared sites. What an amazing spot for long walks along the beach! One end of the Island looks out onto Emerald Isle and Boge Inlet. If you enjoy looking for shells, there lots to be found! While on the island, enjoy a nice bath house with hot showers and numerous covered picnic tables. By your own boat be careful as the last part of the channel has shallow areas. Its all sand at the bottom, so running aground is fairly harmless. Coming onto the island, the last couple sets of channel markers hug the right side of the channel, very near the marsh grass.
INSIDER TIP: Hammocks Beach State Park has lots of regular events that you can sign up for, including a free ranger guided kayak tour (kayak included) and night star gazing. Call to find out when you can sign up, as these fill up fast. Did you know one of the Islands had a civil war era fort on it? Check it out!
Dinner and live music at Biagio’s in Downtown Jacksonville
This landmark restaurant and coffee house is part of the revitalization of downtown Jacksonville, where there are more and more things to do, places to eat, shop and have fun. Biagio’s has live entertainment several nights a week. Did I mention you can get breakfast, lunch, dinner and wine there? Yes, and some fancy coffee too!
622 Court St.
Jacksonville, NC 28540
INSIDER TIP: Be sure to stay with us overnight in Jacksonville! Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and get an early start in the morning kayaking along the New River! We’ve got many hotels to choose from – click here for a complete listing.
Day Two: Do some paddling along the New River
Access is made easy to the beautiful New River via Jacksonville Landing in downtown Jacksonville. This brand new recreational access point has three boat ramps, two docks as well as a canoe and kayak launch, boardwalk and public restrooms. You’ll find plenty of parking for your vehicle and boat trailer, if you plan on taking your boat out as part of your visit.
Lunch and a round of pool, or a Friday night dinner cruise at Marina Cafe
If you happen to be in town on a Friday evening, one of the fun and inexpensive things to do in Jacksonville is a dinner cruise at the Marina Café. They run every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you are looking for a place for lunch after a day out on the New River, you can get some great seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Check out the pool tables and arcade games!
If you like Mediterranean cuisine, stop in Marrakesh
If you’re up for some international cuisine, local folks and visitors rave about the savory and authentic kebobs, stuffed grape leaves, baba ghanouj, falafel sandwiches and more at Marrakesh. Afterwards, walk over to BrrrBerry, located in the same shopping center, for a frozen yogurt bar that will knock your socks off! This locally-owned family business is the passion of a wonderful couple that had a dream to create a yogurt bar with their own spin, and they’d love to have you drop in!
Brrr Berry Frozen Yogurt Bar
409 Western Boulevard, Suite 900
Jacksonville, NC 28546
INSIDER TIP: Go see the beautiful grounds and beaches at, Fort Fisher – about a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Jacksonville. Take the guided tour at the historic site – the staff there is friendly and knowledgeable. I personally learned several new facts about the Civil War.
Bayonet Enterprise Cruises hopes you enjoy the great outdoors – there is a lot to do in and around Jacksonville and Onslow County!