Just east of Swansboro right off of North Carolina Hwy 58 is the Cedar Point Tideland Recreation Area - part of the Croatan National Forest - for lovers of all-things nature, outdoorsy, and adventurous. Bordered by the White Oak River on the West, this salt marsh and coastal forest area provides a natural habitat for herons, woodpeckers, deer, oysters, and fiddler crabs to name a few.
A 1.3 mile outer loop and 0.6 mile trails are dotted with footbridges for hikers and trail runners. During the spring and summer season there are hundreds of fiddler crabs scurrying about. There's also a boat launch for canoes and kayaks to explore the mini-ecosystem that has been created by numerous meteorological events that occur throughout the changing seasons. Campers are welcome at the campsite approximately 200 yards away, but plan your outing well in advance as it's one of the best kept recreation areas of the local area and fills up quickly. Don't forget the bug spray!