There are a multitude of parks and recreational areas in Craven County. 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 features a fishing dock, picnic facilities, brick walkways and a boardwalk, benches, historical information and restrooms.
Fort Macon State Park
2303 E. Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 252-726-3775
Fort Macon State Park is a multifaceted place. It’s the site of a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Nearly surrounded by water at the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and opportunities to explore and learn about salt marshes, estuaries and dune fields. Cannon and musket demonstrations and guided tours are regular features, complementing extensive exhibits indoors and out. A bathhouse and handicapped-accessible beachside areas complete the recreational fare.
Fort Totten Park & Field
490 Fort Totten Drive
New Bern, NC 28560 252-636-4060
Tucked between Neuse Boulevard and Trent Road on Fort Totten Drive is the 5.4-acre Fort Totten Park. It’s the perfect spot for get-togethers with family or friends. For the little ones, a modular playground and tot lot make a visit to the park unforgettable. For something more competitive, challenge your friends to a game of ball on the lighted softball field. Fort Totten Park has a picnic shelter with grills and picnic tables for any size gathering.
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 several opportunities for recreation on the island itself. The island boasts a wealth of unique shell finds, 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.
New Bern Aquatics Center
1155 Laura Drive
New Bern, NC 28562 252-639-2981
The family-oriented New Bern Aquatics Center features zero-entry pool depths, interactive water features, slides, swim lanes and a large deck. Also included are family locker rooms, concessions, office space and a conference room. A full-time certified pool operator, lifeguard and attendants are all on hand at the center. Swimming lessons, monthly summer passes and facility rental are also available.