Dinner boat cruises, fishing trips and kayaking... you've got choices for exploring the water.   From the graveyard of the atlantic to the Legends of Blackbeard, you'll find a little treasure of your own in Onslow waterways.

Canoe & Kayak in Onslow County!


Under the canopy of cypress trees, floating through marshes and swamp forests, catching glimpses of alligators, birds and wildlife, the way to truly experience Onslow County's natural resources is to canoe or kayak right through it. Situated on Carolinas richly diverse coastline, Onslow County's creeks, rivers, marshes and inlets offer limitless opportunities for paddlers to search and explore the beauty of North Carolina.

Cow Horn Creek and New River trails lead paddlers through smooth black waters in the dense marshes and hardwood forests from Richlands to the New River inlet, with skill difficulties of 2 and 3. The White Oak River boasts an exciting AA Black Rapids trail teeming with wildlife including the infamous alligator, birds and other Carolina critters. Hammocks Beach State Park offers 3 marked trails over seven miles, navigating canoeists and kayakers through the stunning barrier island estuaries, sounds, salt marshes, and maritime swamp forests with highlights such as bottlenose dolphin sightings.

For more information on all the paddling possibilities, call Onslow County Tourism at (800) 932-2144 or stop by our office in Jacksonville for full-color brochures of all canoe and kayak trails. Maps are also available by visiting


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