Located southeast of the city of New Bern and a short drive away from Morehead City, Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle, the town of Havelock/Cherry Point offers easy access to boating and fishing on the Neuse River, as well as hiking, hunting and bird watching in the adjacent Croatan National Forest. The site of the largest Marine Corps air station in the world, MCAS Cherry Point, along with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Havelock/Cherry Point is a diverse community with approximately 20,000 residents.
Situated nearby the mouth of the Neuse River, the town of Havelock/Cherry Point includes a variety of available real estate, including waterfront homes with endless views, new home communities, starter homes, land and investment properties. A ferry service provides access to Minnesott Beach and the nearby town of Oriental, which also host waterfront properties on the Neuse River, golf course properties, vacation homes, historic residences and condominiums.
Things to Do in Havelock/Cherry Point
Aside from the many opportunities for fishing, boating or just relaxing on the water, the town of Havelock/Cherry Point offers many shopping and dining options, access to the nearby Pine Cliff Recreation Area, several inns and hotels. There are several parks in the area, including Walter B. Jones Park, which has a playground and basketball courts, Nugent Cove Dog Park, Hancock Lodge and the nearby Neuse River Recreation Area, site of many scenic hiking trails along the river. Flanners Beach Campground, located north of Havelock off Highway 70, is another popular destination.
History of Havelock/Cherry Point
Though it was not officially established until 1959, settlers have inhabited the Havelock area since the 19th century, as it was the landing point for a major battle during the Civil War. The history of Havelock shows that, as a precursor to the Battle of New Bern, an element of the Union Army first landed nearby the Officers’ Club at MCAS Cherry Point. A few other interesting footnotes are that the city was named after a British officer named Sir Henry Havelock, and in the early days it is said that the production of turpentine and tar were a major economic driver for the area, as these were important to the building of wooden ships, prior to the widespread implementation of the steam engine.
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