Onslow County and the Surrounding Areas
Onslow County is one of the oldest and largest coastal counties in North Carolina. It is a diverse county, sporting a landscape of sandy beaches, thick forests, beautiful rivers and historic farmlands. Onslow County's economy is largely driven by its military presence and supported strongly by tourism, retail sales, service and healthcare industries. Towns in Onslow County are Jacksonville, Richlands, Sneads Ferry, Holly Ridge, Huberts, Swansboro, Maple Hill, Midway Park, North Topsail Beach, Maysville, and Surf City.
Jacksonville NC is the commercial center of Onslow County and is also home to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, Camp Johnson, Camp Geiger, and MARSOC HQ. Jacksonville is divided into four areas:
Richlands is a farming community with a small-town charm.
Hubert is a very small town located between Camp Lejeune and historical Swansboro. There is a public boat ramp within the community of Hubert and allows access to the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).
Swansboro, better known as the "Friendly City by the Sea", is a charming, seaside community. It is adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and White Oak River. Swansboro historic, waterfront downtown offers dining, antique shops, arts and crafts stores. In October the town comes alive with the sights and sounds of the annual Mullet Festival. It is the home of Hammocks Beach State Park, a largely unspoiled area, including Bear Island, which can only be reached by ferry or private boat. Swansboro is located between Camp Lejeune and MCAS Cherry Point.
Sneads Ferry, known for its annual Shrimp Festival, is an quaint seafood village and located along the New River just south of Camp Lejeune and on the mainland side of the intracoastal waterway near North Topsail Beach. If you enjoy living near the water where natural beauty meets small town charm, this is the place for you. Sneads Ferry is one of the towns adjacent to Camp Lejeune which residents enjoy a quick commute to Camp Lejeune, MARSOC on Stone Bay, and Court House Bay.
Holly Ridge is a small town located off of Hwy 17 and south of Sneads Ferry going toward Wilmington.
Hampstead is a small community on the northern outskirts of Wilmington, but close enough for commuters from Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River or the Jacksonville area. This is a beautiful area of coastal North Carolina that has multiple golf courses and waterfront neighborhoods and properties.
Maysville is a small town that is located between Jacksonville and New Bern.
Topsail Beach North is located on Stump Sound in Onslow County. The northern most tip of North Topsail Beach, where New River meets the ocean, is a popular spot for fishing. The town also has one fishing pier and three beach accesses.
Carteret County, north of Onslow County, represents 1,341 square mile including land and water of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. The salty breeze, quaint towns, and beautiful beaches attracts visitors from all over the world. The major attractions are the NC Aquarium, Fort Macon State Park (a Civil War fort), The NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort (for those interested in historical shipwrecks along the NC coast), and Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Towns in Carteret County are Bogue, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Emerald Isle, Newport, Peletier, and Stella.
Cape Carteret is the southern, small town link to the Emerald Isle via Hwy 58. The town is also along Hwy 24 and parallel to the intracoastal waterway with many waterfront communities and a close proximity to Bogue Inlet for those that want quick access to offshore fishing. The community also has a challenging 27 hole golf course at Star Hill and another golf course, Silver Creek that is only a few miles further north on Hwy 58, but is listed in the Swansboro area.
A small town located between Swansboro and Cape Carteret and near Emerald Isle.
Neighborhoods include: Andrea Deese Lee, Archers Point, Bell Cove Heights, Bluewater Bay, Cannon Village, Cape Emerald, Columbus Square, Deer Horn Dunes, Dogwood Arces, Dolphin Ridge, Emerald Cove Condominiums, Emerald Isle by the Sea, Lands End, Marsh Cove, Oakland Hills, Ocean Forest, Ocean Reef, Osprey Ridge, Pebble Beach, Pier Pointe, Point Emerald Villas, Pointe Bogue, Queens Court, Royall Oaks, Sea Crest, Sea Dunes, Sounds of the Sea, Spinnakers Reach, Sunset Harbor, Surf Landing Cove, Surfside, The Islander Suite, Watersedge, Westend, Windfall, Wyndtree, and homes not in any subdivisions.
Neighborhoods include: Allen Garner, Andrea Deese Lee, Bar Harbor, Beechwood, Bluewater Banks, Bogue View Court, Bogue Watch, Breakwater, Broad Creek Estates, Broad Ridge, Buena Vista, Cannonsgate, Cedar Key, Countryside, Courtyard West, Croatan Estates, Daisy Koonce, Deep Bay, Emerald View, Florida Park, Floxlair, Goose Creek, Goose Creek Landing, Gracelyn Park, Green Tree, Gull Harbor, Hardesty Woods, Hickory Shores, Hilltop Acres, Joan's Haven, Lake Arthur Estates, Lake Park, Lobinger Pointe, Lockey Farm, Mann, Mill Creek, Morada Bay, Ole Field, Park Meadows, Pine Top Village, River Woods, Salty B, Salty Shores, Sand Ridge, Sandhills, Sea Gate, Somerset Plantation, South Park, Stonegate Estates, Tanglewood Acres, Western Estates, White Sand, Wildwood River Ridge, Woodlands, and homes not in any subdivisions.