Newport (North Carolina)

Newport is a small town just outside the Crystal Coast region of North Carolina, situated on the scenic Newport River. Because it's inland, away from the touristy coastal area, and doesn't have much in the way of attractions, Newport remains a mostly residential community. However, it's situated in the Croatan National Forest, so if you want a convenient base to reach both the beach and the woods, Newport might be the ideal spot.

Get in

Newport is right on US-70, between Havelock and Morehead City. As with the rest of the region, it's about a 3-hour drive from Raleigh.

Get around

Being a rural town, Newport has no public transportation to speak of. Bring your car; you'll need it to get here anyway.


When you leave the Crystal Coast, the rest of Carteret County is taken up by the Croatan National Forest. Newport is in the southeastern corner of it; the larger town of Havelock, to the north, is smack in the middle. It contains elevated swamp habitat, salt marsh, estuaries and carnivorous plants. The White Oak, Neuse and Newport rivers flow through the forest. As activities go, there are plenty of boat ramps, canoeing areas, fishing spots and trails, some of them self-guided.




Mixed drinks are not available for purchase in Newport restaurants, only beer and wine. If you want something stronger, there's an ABC store at 7015 Hwy 70 East, +1 252-223-4136; but be aware that it isn't open on Sundays.


Go next

The Crystal Coast area has a variety of other areas to visit:

Further afield, there are some interesting destinations for daytrips:

Routes through Newport

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