Parks & Recreation

Onslow County is provides many Parks and Recreation opportunties.   Visitors and residentes enjoy beautiful natural environments and recreational activities.  Visit our parks, beaches, running trails and walkways.

Jacksonville City to the Sea Bike Route

Many more people would like to bike from Jacksonville to the sea but would prefer not riding along busy Highway 24, the primary link to the coast.  Fortunately, a more bike-friendly route exists along the lightly-traveled secondary roads of Onslow County.  This beautiful bike route is one of North Carolina's most beautiful rides from land to coast. The twenty-one mile bicycle trip outlined in the brochure highlights the alternate route, which takes you from Jacksonville Mall to the Hammocks Beach State Park ferry terminal.

The Route is marked by green & white bike route signs.

Directions from Jacksonville Mall:

- Turn right onto Country Club Rd (SR 1403) - Ride 1.1 miles
- Turn right onto Piney Green Rd (SR 1406) - Ride .6 miles
- Turn left onto Halltown Rd (SR 1410) - Ride 1.5 miles
- Turn right onto Waters Rd (SR 1411) - Ride 2.1 miles
- Turn left onto Old 30 Rd (SR 1423) - Ride 3.7 miles
- Turn right onto Smith Rd (SR 1425) - Ride 3.3 miles
- Turn right onto Belgrade-Swansboro Rd. (SR 1434)
- Here the route intersects with the Ports of Call Route. - Ride 1.1 miles
- The Swansboro Bicentennial Route joins the route in Silverdale.
- Continue on SR 1434 for another 3.9 miles
- Turn left onto Swansboro Loop Rd (SR 1444) - ride 1.0 miles
- The Swansboro route continues straight ahead, WATCH SIGNS and turn right onto Norris Rd (SR 1445) - Ride .6 miles
- Turn left onto NC 24 - Ride .2 miles
- Turn right onto Hammock Beach Rd (SR 1511) - Ride 1.9 miles to Ferry Terminal and end of route.

Take time to enjoy a picnic by the sound before returning to Jacksonville or take the free ferry out to the Park for a day at the beach. 

For a printable map of the route, please click here.


1244 Onslow Pines Rd., Jacksonville


Interest in bicycling has increased greatly throughout North Carolina in recent years. A number of Jacksonville cyclists are regularly riding their bicycles to Hammocks Beach State Park and the coastal areas to the north.


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