Finding hills among North Carolina’s coastal towns is not easy… unless you’re in Swansboro that is! First along the beautiful White Oak River on Highway 24, between Cape Carteret and Jacksonville, Swansboro is a town with a unique hilly landscape that seems to cradle the historic buildings in its downtown district.
Visit the historic downtown waterfront for a day of antique shopping, charter fishing, kayaking and delightful dining. Or take a look at historic markers to learn about Otway Burns and other local legends. A lovely way to see this Swansboro area is to bicycle along the Swansboro Bicentennial Bike Trail, rent a kayak or just park downtown for a leisurely walk along the waterfront to enjoy great shopping.
For more information, please visit www.swansboro-nc.org.
Kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, swimming and strolling along quiet beaches are just some of the enjoyable pastimes found at Hammocks Beach State Park, south of Swansboro off of Highway 24. On the mainland and on the state park’s Bear Island, rangers offer scheduled seasonal nature programs and talks focusing on the area’s fascinating natural features and history.
Getting to Bear Island can only be done by boat or the park’s ferry. On the way, you will view wetland inhabitants, including graceful herons and egrets. On the island, the half-mile trail travels through magnificent sand dunes to the beach. Camping sites, hiking trails and a bathhouse are also available to guests.
Bear Island and Huggins Island can also be seen from Hammocks Beach State Park. Be sure to inquire about the interesting stories concerning the lowland marsh system and Civil War history.
For more information, please call 910.326.4881 or visit us on the web at www.ncparks.gov.
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