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Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach Free Ferry

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Short adventure

We had been hiking in the Croatan Forest and decided to take the ferry from Havelock to Minnesott... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rosalind P
Greensboro, North Carolina
Right on time

Saves a lot of time and gas instead of driving around. Staff are nice. Don’t be late....they... read more

Reviewed January 31, 2019
Debra S
New Bern, North Carolina
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“nice ride”(6 reviews)
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2300 Ferry Rd, Havelock, NC 28532-9364
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been hiking in the Croatan Forest and decided to take the ferry from Havelock to Minnesott Beach and then continue on Route 306 then east on Route 56 to return to our campground in New Bern. Fun little adventure. Friendly staff to guide...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rosalind P
Reviewed January 31, 2019

Saves a lot of time and gas instead of driving around. Staff are nice. Don’t be late....they don’t wait!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Debra S
Reviewed January 19, 2019 via mobile

Great deal! It was a free ride and saved on our drive time to Havelock NC. On our trip it was a light drizzle and a bit foggy but still a nice ride. Check it out!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank davidmS14SE
Reviewed December 6, 2018

Loved that this was a free ferry from Minnesott Beach to Cherry Branch. Was a 20 minute ride and loading and unloading was amazingly well run and fast. Saved us 20 minutes in driving time. It was raining so we did not get out and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank vacalover13
Reviewed August 31, 2018

Fun to ride this ferry because they do so well and quick, you can watch the seagulls fly while you either sit in your car or walk around, or go inside and have a seat, the restrooms are nice also

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Josephine U
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

The cherry branch-minesott beach ferry is an exceptional ferry service. My children ride this ferry everyday to go to school at Arapahoe Charter School and I feel safe knowing the caring ferry workers are on board with them

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jenandchris78
Reviewed July 10, 2018

We love to take a picnic and ride this ferry. Gets the kids out of the house and enjoying the water. There are picnic tables on both sides of the river. Best part is that its free.

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank kathyv765
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Visited New Bern-Havelock area over 4 th of July.. Had read an article on the " free ferry" ( Nothing is free in Mass.) 90 plus degree day.. took ferry over to Minnesott Beach and back again. Very nice ride...Absolutely free! Some use the ferry...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank tom m
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This is a wonderful ferry. I ride this ferry often and sometimes in the summer evenings my husband and I will take the ferry to Cherry Brand and will turn around and take it back to Minnesota Beach. It is a great 20 minute ride!

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Lila W
Reviewed April 24, 2018

The North Carolina Ferry system is an American treasure, and the ride from Cherry Point to Minnesott Beach is another adventure. A smaller ferry than the one between Ocracoke Island and the Outer Banks serves this route. We were greeted at Cherry Point by a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank mb22727
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January 21, 2019|
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Response from davidmS14SE | Reviewed this property |
Yes every day it runs. The schedule is posted online and it normally runs on the 1/2 hours schedule
November 11, 2017|
Response from MoHolC | Reviewed this property |
According to the ncdot website, the Minnesott ferry runs every day from 5:00 am to 12:30 (after midnight). There is a departure from each side of the river every 30 minutes, for the 20 minutes ride.