Cedar Point Recreation Area
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Cedar Point Recreation Area - Croatan National Forest

Cedar Point offers as variety of activities, from an easy and scenic hike along the Tidleand Trail (see below), to fishing or boating on the White Oak River, and picnicking and camping.

The recreation area is also close the beaches of Emerald Isle and northward toward Atlantic Beach or, in the other direction, the town of Swansboro and its historic waterfront.

The family campground at Cedar Point has nice grassy lawns, including an open play field, and is shaded by tall trees. The bathhouses were recently renovated, and have private hot showers, in addition to flush toilets.

The 40 sites on two loops all have electricity, plus picnic table, fire ring and lantern hook. There are no tent pads, but many sites have plenty of lawn space.

Because the grounds are open, some campsites, like the two facing each other below, may seem kind of close.

Cedar Point's coastal forest park is a nice place for day trippers, too. Next to the the trailhead for the Tideland Trail are picnic grounds and a ramp for non-motorized boats and a small fishing pier.

The Tideland National Recreation Trail is a loop through the marsh to the river on a crushed gravel trail and boardwalks.

Take our slideshow tour of the Tideland Trail at Cedar Point. (Controls below photo.)
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Cedar Point Recreation Area is off of N.C. 58 about 1.25 miles north of the junction of N.C. 24 and N.C. 58 at the southernmost tip of the mainland in Carteret County. Click on the map for a larger version.