Daytrips in Havelock, NC

One of the beauty's of Havelock is its proximity to the historic attractions of New Bern, the Crystal Coast's beaches and the charming character of Oriental in nearby Pamlico County. But don't be fooled ... there's still plenty to do in Havelock as well.

Waking up in one of the reasonably priced Havelock motels, many visitors start their day with a few rounds at the Sound of Freedom Golf Course at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, which is open to the public at small cost, but must be preceded by an identifying call a week or so ahead of time. Hours are noon to dusk Mondays and 7:30 AM to dusk weekends, 7 AM to dusk other days. The 24-hour driving range, chipping and putting areas and PGA pro offer good opportunity for a duffer to move his score down.

Accustomed to round-the-clock service for military people, local eateries offer generous portions and quick service, three meals a day, so early is ideal. Fitness minded non-golfers can find exercise of interest in the 50-acre city sports complex with walking and jogging trails, tennis and handball, a running track and a number of sports fields. Hikers preferring a forest jaunt may choose the 160,000-acre Croatan National Forest, a great place to walk, explore and bird-watch or picnic. Bug repellant is an absolute must. Wading in the Neuse at a small sand beach is a short walk from the parking lot closest to the highway, and paths are clearly marked, with amenities available by campgrounds. 

For beach-lovers, Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle are less than 15 miles away, with beach stores in abundance offering souvenirs and all items a swimmer in warm Atlantic waters might fancy. Seafood of every description is available for lunch. On down to Atlantic Beach, Fort Macon State Park makes an interesting afternoon with lower-level barracks rooms, kitchen and supply areas furnished to depict each of the four major wars through which the historic fort was in active use. Displays feature explanations at the push of a button, and the cannon above are identified with informative placards and explanations regarding ammunition.

As evening approaches, head back to Havelock's theaters and bowling alleys, restaurants and bars that celebrate being the home of the largest military base on the Southern coast. There is no mistaking Havelock for anything other than a city proudly catering to its military families, and the military gives back. In May, the bi-annual air show fills the skies and on the Independence Day holiday, the fireworks at Cherry Point are second to none.

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