Visit Swansboro NC

The quaint Town of Swansboro is a beautiful and historic waterfront community located at the mouth of the White Oak River, where the river joins the Atlantic Ocean and flows past the pristine beaches of Bear Island.  Swansboro sits across the Intracoastal Waterway from Hammocks Beach State Park and is a popular destination for tourists, outdoor enthusiasts and recreational fishermen.

Founded in 1783, the “Friendly City by the Sea” offers a historic downtown district overlooking the water, numerous opportunities for coastal recreation, and a progressive town government that works to balance high quality community growth with conservation of the community’s natural and historic resources.

The home of Hammocks Beach State Park and its unspoiled beaches, Swansboro boasts a beautiful small harbor adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and is only three miles from coastal recreational facilities in the Croatan National Forest.The unique village atmosphere in Swansboro’s historic downtown area offers opportunity to enjoy the community’s heritage while shopping in an area alive with restaurants, boutiques, gift shops, and waterside parks. Host to a wide variety of major events – from the Arts by the Sea Festival, the Mullet Festival, Candlelight Shopping, and the Christmas Flotilla to an annual Oyster Roast, an annual Pig Cook-Off, the Blue Water Fishing Tournament, the King Mackerel Tournament, and the Speckled Trout Tournament – Swansboro offers some of the best hospitality on the North Carolina coast.

Popular activities available in Swansboro and the surrounding area include beach-going, fishing, boating, camping, kayaking, golf, shopping, the arts, and amusement parks.

Known as a high-quality living location, Swansboro offers a wide variety of residential settings – many of which are located on or near the White Oak River, the Intracoastal Waterway, or the numerous coastal creeks that border the town – and an attractive array of business services.

Settlers first came to Swansboro around 1730, founding a community on the site of an Algonkian Indian village at the mouth of the White Oak River. The colonial port town of Swannsborough was incorporated in 1783 – named in honor of Samuel Swann, who had been speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons. The community’s early prosperity was based on shipbuilding, and its most famous shipbuilder was Captain Otway Burns. Burns, whose exploits as commander of the privateer vessel Snapdragon brought early attention to Swansboro, was also the builder of the Prometheus, the first steamboat constructed in North Carolina.

Although its shipbuilding industry declined, Swansboro found new prosperity in lumber and naval stores, and, in the mid-Twentieth Century, in the commercial fishing industry. Beginning with World War II, Swansboro, like most of Onslow County, began experiencing an economic boost from the nearby establishment of Camp Lejeune, one of the U.S. Marine Corps’ largest bases, and from the growth of coastal tourism – trends that continue today.

With its remarkable heritage, scenic views, great hospitality, and casual lifestyle, Swansboro has retained the quiet charm and unique character of a picturesque colonial port – making it an outstanding community for anyone who wants to join the “Friendly City” tradition to call “home.”

Things To Do in Swansboro, NC

Whether you’re kicking back and relaxing on the beach or taking a ferry ride to Hammocks Beach State Park to go exploring, Swansboro, NC. offers plenty for you to do! Consider exploring the White Oak River and Intracoastal Waterway by kayak or canoe or charter a boat for a deep-sea adventure.

Historical Downtown Swansboro is a fun place to dine, shop and sight-see. There’s also golfing and plenty of events no matter when you visit!

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Local Newspapers

Carteret News-Times 
Jacksonville Daily News
Raleigh News and Observer
Tideland News
Wilmington Morning Star

Swansboro Schools

Queens Creek Elementary School
Swansboro Elementary School
Swansboro Middle School
Swansboro High School

Additional Links of Interest

Town of Swansboro
Swansboro Chamber of Commerce
Swansboro Events and Happenings
Swansboro Festival Committee
Swansboro Historic Blog 
Swansboro Historic Site
Swansboro Soccer Association
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce
Carteret Community College
Carteret County Library
Carteret County Public Schools
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce
Coastal Carolina Community College
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum
Jelly Stalkers – Tracking Jellyfish along the NC Coast
North Carolina Aquarium
North Carolina Beach Inlet, & Waterway Association
North Carolina Coastal Federation
North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Resources – Public Beach & Access Map
North Carolina Maritime Museum

Town of Swansboro, NC.

Town of Swansboro
203 West Church Street
Swansboro, NC 28584
Ph: 910-326-1174

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