Onslow County offers scenic routes and fun rides for cyclists of all levels. From flat, shaded trails to long-distance routes, the county offers miles of trails winding within the city of Jacksonville and stretching all the way to the coast. See Visit Jacksonville blog Ready to Ride for more details on the city of Jacksonville bike trails.
The Jacksonville-Camp LeJeune Rail-to-Trails path extends along abandoned rail beds from the Marine Corps base at Camp LeJeune (Midway Park area) 5.2 miles northwest to Marine Boulevard in Jacksonville. The plan is to make the rail-trail part of a 172-mile network of pedestrian paths that will link with a number of notable Jacksonville sights, including Riverwalk Crossing Park and the Beirut Memorial.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking is available on Onslow Drive between US 17/Marine Blvd. and Eastwood Drive. You can also park off Bell Fork Rd near where it intersects with the US 17 Bypass (northwest of the Bypass). For more information, contact Onslow County Parks at 910-938-5313.
For information about parking at the Marine base, contact Camp LeJeune at 451-1113.
The Richlands Loop Bicycle Route is marked by green and white bike route signs placed along the route. The 50-mile loop passes through rural southeastern North Carolina and the headwaters of the New River. The route passes farms, small crossroads towns, and pine forests common to the pocosins and swamps of the coastal plain of North Carolina. The terrain is level and all roads are paved and in good condition. The best times for enjoying the Richlands Loop Bicycle Route are spring and fall when temperatures are cooler and weather conditions are more moderate. Winter weather tends to be unpredictable and summers in Onslow County can be extremely hot and humid.
A shorter loop of 20 miles is shown on the map. The route leaves the longer Richlands Loop south of Gregory Crossroads and rejoins it at Catherine Lake. So, whether you bicycle the entire Richlands Loop, or join us for a shorter ride, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip.
The Jacksonville City to Sea Trail boasts a lengthy ride starting from the Jacksonville Mall and diverting off of Highway 24, where you’ll find a scenic route through some of North Carolina’s most serene country roads. The 21-mile ride ends at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro, where your bike ride can turn into a scenic hike down a picturesque beach filled with incredible wildlife.
Hosted by Onslow County Parks & Rec in September.
We hope you enjoy the biking trails in Onslow!