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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 IslandPrimitive 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.

Hammocks Beach State Park
1572 Hammocks Beach
Swansboro, NC 28584
Phone: (910) 326-4881
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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 at Marina Cafe

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!

Marina Cafe
110 S Marine Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 938-2002
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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!