Sneads Ferry North Carolina, once known as a small fishing town, has grown exponentially during the 21st century. With an 80% population growth, Sneads ferry is now the 2nd largest municipality in Onslow County, according to Census-Designated Place (CDP). The town is comprised of old-fashioned and modern style housing. Located right off highway 17, Sneads Ferry is found between Wilmington and Jacksonville, and is just a quick drive to the barrier island Topsail Island.
North Topsail Beach, the Intracoastal Waterway, New River, Alligator Bay, and Chadwick Bay are all just minutes away from Sneads Ferry. Its location explains why the town is rooted in its heritage as a local fishing community. Sneads Ferry is known as the “Shrimp Capital of the East Coast”. Annually, about 500 tons of fish are caught in Sneads Ferry. The name of the town comes from the ferries that brought the original community to settle in this area along the coast, and generations of fisherman have called Sneads Ferry home ever since. The Shrimp Festival is an annual tradition in Sneads Ferry to honor the local seafood industry the town was founded on. Seafood restaurants are growing in this area with fresh fish and shrimp available, while the New River and the Atlantic Ocean offer ample opportunities for residents to go fishing and boating.
Sneads Ferry’s location on the coast gives residents access to water sports, dolphin safaris, fishing, and fresh seafood. The Turtle Factory in Sneads Ferry is a nautical sterling silver jewelry, merchandise, and gift shop with ceramic and wood painting classes available! North Topsail beach is beautiful with beach front housing and homes on the Intracoastal Waterway. Stone Creek Loop is a local trail with beautiful coastal landscape scenery. The flat coastal landscape of Sneads Ferry offers a great location for camping or RV camping. The North Shore Golf Course offers a challenging 18-hole golf course surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, while the North Shore Country Club makes for the perfect venue for wedding receptions, private parties, or business meetings. The delightful Stump Sound Park includes a nature trail, fitness trail, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, football fields, and soccer fields. Concession stands, picnic pavilions, and restrooms can all be found within the park. Overall, Sneads Ferry has a lot to offer residents and visitors. This area is perfect for people who love the beach, nature, fishing, boating, and anyone else looking for the North Carolina "salt life".
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