Welcome Spring With Bike Trails and Watersports in Onslow

Spring has sprung in Onslow County and summer in Eastern North Carolina won’t be far behind. Who’s ready to get outside and enjoy Onslow County’s warm temperatures and blooming flowers? For bicyclists, runners, and everything in between, Onslow offers the best scenic routes around.

Jacksonville City to Sea and the Richlands Bicycle Loop are two great options for leisure and athletic riders alike, offering short 1-3 mile trails and greenways throughout Jacksonville, or an adventurous 50-mile loop through the Richlands. These flat, paved paths are clearly marked for easy travel though downtown districts, rural country towns, farms, and scenery you’ll only find in Onslow County.

Jacksonville City to Sea 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.

For guided bike tours, Second Wind of Jacksonville offers an incredible journey through area beaches and trails, where you can take in breathtaking views while getting your heart rate up. Half-day or full-day biking excursions offer a fun educational experience for the whole family, fully customized according to your needs. You can even end your day with a guided kayak excursion along the Swansboro waterfront!

If you’re itching to get back into activities on the water, Bear Island offers a serene location to get your blood pumping on the beach. Hammocks Beach State Park’s full-service visitor center is the launch site for their rentable kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Explore paddle trails leading to marshes leading into Bear Island to experience the unspoiled maritime forest during the most beautiful time of year.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing kayak cruise through the marsh or a thrilling bike ride along country roads, there’s something for every activity and skill level here in Onslow County. For a full list of trails and outing options, visit www.onlyinonslow.com and start planning your next adventure.

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.