MCAS Cherry Point Community
To Craven County
Welcome to North Carolina! That’s how you will feel here, welcomed. Situated between the Neuse and Trent rivers, Craven County is much more than a pass-through or pit stop on the way to North Carolina’s heralded beaches less than 30 miles away. For history buffs, it’s a jackpot of “firsts” (first postal service, printing press and fire department, among others) and fine 18th-century homes as well as the new, interactive North Carolina History Center. For families, it’s a haven of affordable, livable neighborhoods and miles of waterfront playground. For retirees, the county boasts an ideal climate and a bevy of golf, arts and recreation opportunities. And for all residents — young and old, Craven County natives and newcomers alike — it is a friendly community with over 103,000 residents, where life’s pace takes a go-with-the-flow cue from the prominent rivers: fast enough to keep things moving, slow enough to savor all that the region has to offer.
Craven’s county seat, New Bern, is the original state capital. It boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown, dotted with mom-and-pop restaurants, quaint storefronts and a popular river walk. Just to the south of New Bern, the small village of Havelock is home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and in the 157,000-acre Croatan National Forest you can find rare Venus flytraps, bears, plenty of alligators and other wildlife.
There are also shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities for residents to explore: Annual events and festivals celebrate everything from the Coastal Christmas Flotilla, with everything from small boats to large yachts all decorated in bright lights and dazzling decorations, to Mumfest, a combination of family fun, entertainment, attractions, exhibitors and great food.