Hammocks Beach State Park

Explore the Islands of Onslow County

In Onslow County, no two beaches are exactly alike, and you’ll find much more to do than just lounge around in the sun. The Islands of Onslow are filled with incredible natural wildlife, relaxing outdoor activities, and rich local history. This spring, join us at Hammocks Beach, Bear Island, and Topsail Island to celebrate the changing of the seasons on the North Carolina Coast.

Hammocks Beach State Park

Hammocks Beach State Park is rich in wildlife and history, filled with plenty to see and do for the entire family. On the vast 892 acres of rolling dunes and lush maritime forests, you’ll find a wealth of unique shells, year-round fishing opportunities, camping grounds, and more.

Hammocks Beach is also a favorite nesting ground for one of our shell-dwelling friends – the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. At 150-300 pounds, females join us on Hammocks Beach every three to four years to nest. After a two-month incubation period, the miracle of life begins, and hatchlings make the incredible journey back to the sea. Visit the Hammocks Beach State Park Welcome Center to hear from local park rangers and learn more about this incredible species.

Ferry shuttles run from Hammocks Beach to Bear Island, one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic Coast. Whether you’re looking for maritime life in it’s most natural habitat or a quiet place to kayak and paddleboard, Bear Island is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike.

Onslow County’s beautiful coastal towns and islands are also filled with rich military history. Topsail Island was once the research and testing site for Operation Bumblebee, a top-secret missile program operated by the Navy in the 1940’s. Today, This island is home to the Missiles and More Museum, preserving artifacts and data from Operation Bumblebee, Camp Davis, and military aircraft.

Onslow County Tourism

Onslow County Tourism

As one of North Carolina’s oldest counties, Onslow County reflects a rich and varied history.  It’s also the proud home of the Marines of Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, Camp Johnson and Camp Geiger.

The county has been graced with an extraordinary natural beauty: over 30 miles of wide, unspoiled beaches, waters teeming with an abundance of marine life, forests filled with wildlife, and rich farmland to harvest.

Today, you can explore everything from military and historic monuments to beautiful waterways and beaches to friendly spots to eat and play.