The City of Jacksonville, NC is a commercial hub within Onslow County and home to a number of military bases.
Local Military Bases
Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune
Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Camp Johnson (Monford Point)
Marine Corps School of Infantry, Camp Geiger
Marine Corps Air Station, New River
Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune
Onslow County’s flat, gently rolling terrain covers 767 square miles and is located in the southeastern coastal plain of North Carolina, approximately 120 miles east of Raleigh, NC and 50 miles north of Wilmington, NC. The city of Jacksonville, NC is the county seat, and the areas surrounding the city constitute the major population centers and growth areas in the county. The county is home to more than 150,000 people and includes the incorporated towns of Holly Ridge, NC, Richlands, NC, Swansboro, NC, North Topsail Beach, NC, part of Surf City, NC, and unincorporated Sneads Ferry, NC. Approximately 156,000 acres comprise the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune and more than 43,000 marines and sailors are stationed there.
Onslow County and the city of Jacksonville, NC offers the ultimate in outdoor coastal recreation and sports with over 30 miles of beautiful beaches, rivers and ocean teeming with an abundance of marine life, and forests filled with diverse wildlife. The scenic 40 mile long New River is the only large river in the continental United States with headwaters and mouth in the same county. Onslow County, NC also remains an important agricultural force, its rich farmland still yielding bountiful crops. Today the abundance and beauty found in scenic terrain, shoreline, and seascape continue to define Onslow County, attracting industry, tourism, and families to our distinctive community.
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Outdoor Recreation: There are many outdoor activities to do in Jacksonville, NC and Onslow County, NC.