Onslow County is patchworked with parks and recreational areas. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.
Swansboro, NC 28584 910-326-2600
Bicentennial Park, on the shores of the White Oak River along the Swansboro waterfront, includes areas on both sides of the White Oak River Bridge. This attractive and popular facility has a fishing dock, picnic facilities, brick walkways and a boardwalk, benches, historical information and restrooms.
Hammocks Beach State Park
1572 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584 910-326-4881
Hammocks Beach State Park offers a welcome center with nature exhibits showcasing island wildlife and history, picnic tables and a gazebo, ferry shuttles to and from Bear Island year-round, as well as opportunities for recreation on the island itself. The island boasts a wealth of unique shells that come fresh with every tide, year-round fishing, primitive camping and covered picnic tables, as well as a concessions stand and swimming on the east shore from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Jacksonville Commons and Richard Ray All-American Park
100 Recreation Lane
Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-938-5312
Award-winning ball fields, a skate and BMX park, tennis courts, multiple play areas and an indoor basketball court are just some of the amenities at Jacksonville Commons. This area is home to the annual Running With the Law 5K, many sports events and the Jacksonville Jamboree. Jacksonville Recreation & Parks administrative offices, the city’s Senior Center and a newly floored gymnasium are in the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center. Some shelters in the outdoor areas, as well as rooms and the gym at the Commons Recreation Center, can be rented.
Lejeune Memorial Gardens
Lejeune Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville is the site of the Beirut Memorial, the Onslow Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial, and the park has acreage reserved for future memorials. The Beirut Memorial is a solemn tribute to the 273 Marines killed in Lebanon and in Grenada on Oct. 23, 1983. The name of each man is engraved in granite along with the words, “They Came in Peace.” The 9/11 Memorial includes a beam from the Twin Towers, while the Vietnam Memorial is one of the largest Vietnam Memorials in the nation and among the few that lists all the names of the fallen; inscriptions on its glass walls surrounding the central fountain recall all 58,229 men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.