Sneads Ferry is in Onslow County, North Carolina. Once a rural fishing village, Sneads Ferry has experienced a surge in development. Visitors to Sneads Ferry will find that it has much to offer, whether their stay is but a few hours or for many days. Besides the blue skies, plenty of sunshine, sparkling waters, soft breezes and friendly people. There are fishing skiffs for rent for fishing and boating in the river and sounds and charter boats with licensed captains for fishing in the ocean. Here, too, are cabins and trailer space and several first class restaurants where one is served the best seafood in the world and most any other foods you might want. For those who would like to prepare their own picnic lunches, there are up-to-date grocery stores with courteous proprietors to serve you and there are places where one may obtain fuel, bait, ice, tackle and other boating and fishing needs. Sneads Ferry is a many faceted place, a composite of old and new, the old-fashioned and the modern, the slow easy ways of the old south and the fast moving pace of the new. Because it was first settled along the shores, Sneads Ferry has always been known mainly for its commercial fishing. Many of the fisherman today, with their motorized boats and underwater floundering lights, are the sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of fishermen who in their day, used flaming lightwood knots on a wire basket for floundering and depended on strong arms and stout oars to take them and their homemade boats to their favorite fishing grounds. Many evening they rowed long, hard miles to reach the schools of big mullet, or in search of the elusive trout. Many times they came home with an empty boat, but although they were discouraged, they were never defeated. There was always tomorrow. Too, there were nets to mend and time to gather in the shade of the live oaks and reminisce of big catches made in the past.