Outdoor Fun & Adventures in Onslow
Retired Marine Colonel and outdoor enthusiast, Lance Ledoux, owner of Bayonet Enterprise Cruises in Jacksonville, has suggested a few ways to enjoy Onslow’s natural beauty outdoors!
Camp on Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park
What a beautiful place! Getting to Bear Island is part of the outdoor lover’s adventure. Take the pontoon ferry from Hammocks Beach State Park, or your own small boat to Bear Island. Primitive camping is by permit at one of the several prepared sites. What an amazing spot for long walks along the beach! Views of Emerald Isle and Bogue Inlet can be seen at one end of the island. If you enjoy looking for shells, there lots to be found! While on the island, enjoy a nice bathhouse with hot showers and numerous covered picnic tables.
INSIDER TIP: Hammocks Beach State Park has lots of regular events that you can sign up for, including free ranger-guided kayak tours. These tours fill up fast, so if you’re interested you’ll need to get signed up.
Take a paddling trip along the New River in Jacksonville
Access is made easy to the beautiful New River via Jacksonville Landing in downtown Jacksonville. This 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.
Enjoy a Friday night dinner and a sunset 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 typically 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!
Charter an overnight cruise on the Bayonet
Is there a special occasion? How about booking a mini-romantic getaway overnight cruise for you and your special loved one? The Bayonet offers two guest staterooms, two full baths, ac/heat, and a stereo system and television. Our experienced crew will provide amazing food and drinks and take care of all of your needs while you are aboard.
Insider Tip! Plan a Day Trip to Fort Fisher
If you are visiting, go see the beautiful grounds and beaches at, Fort Fisher – about a 1 hour and 45-minute drive from Jacksonville. Take the guided tour – the staff there is friendly and knowledgeable. I personally learned several new facts about the Civil War. A very enjoyable experience!