Introduction to Jacksonville, North Carolina
Jacksonville, North Carolina, in Onslow county, is 98 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina. The city’s population is 66,715.
The community was established in 1757 and officially incorporated in 1842. The city was named after Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. The establishment of Marine Barracks, New River, which was later named Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, lead to a population explosion in 1941.
Jacksonville and nearby Attractions
- Lynwood Park Zoo
- Onslow County Museum
- Hammocks Beach State Park
- Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens
- Airlie Gardens
- North Carolina Aquarium
Things To Do In Jacksonville
Jacksonville is home to the Marine Corporation Museum of the Carolinas and the Lynnwood Park Zoo. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Rock Creek Golf and Country Club. At the Hammocks Beach State Park, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, camping, boating and picnicking. The city also hosts the Onslow County Fair, the Kuumba Festival and the Fall Family Fun Day every year.
Wilmington International is the nearest major airport.
Jacksonville Higher Education
Coastal Carolina Community College is located in the city of Jacksonville. The Craven Community College, Lenoir Community College and Pamlico Community College are also close by as well.