Onslow County, North Carolina: The Perfect Destination for Coastal Fun


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Located along the southern coast of North Carolina sits Onslow County, an exciting region that boasts fun family adventures, outdoor relaxation, beautiful beaches, and so much more.

This spring or summer, plan an exciting trip down the coast to visit the county, which is located just off the I-95 and east of I-40 and 2.5 hours from Raleigh, NC. Upon arrival, visit one of the many beaches found in the region. With more than 30 miles of coastline, Onslow County’s sandy beaches are the perfect playground for everything from fishing to water sports or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun.

Enjoy a beach day adventure at North Topsail Beach or cruise to a remote barrier island for a day of exploration in Swansboro. Head inland to Sneads Ferry for exciting marine life excursions with Bad Habit Sportfishing’s deepwater fishing tour, where you can spend a day fishing for mackerel, snapper and tuna. Want more? Hop aboard one of Onslow County’s specialty eco tours and marine life excursions. Travelers can find sea treasures on a shelling cruise with Marsh Cruises or Pogie’s, go shrimp trawling with Reel Livin’ Fishing Charters, or tour an oyster farm with Ghost Fleet Oyster Company.

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The miles of coastline brings excitement to all types of travelers!

Unwind after a day of adventure at one of the locally owned restaurants, distilleries or wineries. At Walton’s Distillery in Jacksonville, enjoy craft corn whiskey and moonshine, all of which are named after owner Don Walton’s ancestors. Or, visit Riverview Cafe in Sneads Ferry to enjoy delicious local seafood served up by a second and third-generation father-and-son partnership. Head inland to Mike’s Farm in Richlands for seasonal berry and pumpkin picking, southern comfort food, as well as their annual hayrides and Festival of Lights during the holidays.

Swansboro is a must while you are visiting Onslow County. It is a quaint seaside town that is home to local restaurants and shops lining the downtown streets. The historic downtown is a great place to begin or end your adventure with places to explore, shop, dine, and learn about the history of the region. Plus, enjoy an outdoor adventure at Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro. Cruise to this remote, undeveloped barrier island by ferry or private charter for a day of exploration, paddling, shelling, birdwatching, or primitive camping.

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In addition to the beauty the region offers, Onslow County is also full of history. Home to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, the area is steeped in military tradition and heritage. Visitors can get a true sense of the heartfelt patriotism that is prevalent in the county.

Lodging options in Onslow County include an extensive slate of national and local hotels and a variety of campgrounds. Prefer to lounge in luxury? Check into one of many stunning beachfront rentals. There’s something for everyone in Onslow County, so why wait to book your trip?

Visit OnlyinOnslow.com today and explore all that this coastal gem has to offer.

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