POLLOCKSVILLE, NC (WNCT) — Jones County was the final stop in our month-long “Living Local” series. On Monday we visited Pollocksville.

Following damage from Hurricane Florence, the Pollocksville boat launch was redeveloped. They expanded the parking lot, installed new docks, and focused on landscaping so people could enjoy the scenery as they made their way to the Trent River.

Last year they also added a kayak launch to the areas. Mayor Jay Bender said that since the renovations, the community has enjoyed spending more time on the water.

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“What we try to do is to take advantage of our greatest asset, which is the river. It’s also our biggest asset-liability in the event of a flood, but when there’s no flood, it’s our biggest asset,” Bender said. “So obviously we want to encourage people to come to Pollocksville, to use our facilities.”

Bender also said they are considering other additions, such as riverside promenades and roadside sidewalks.

Pollocksville also includes the Magnolia Lane Campground. It opened in January this year. With the resumption of summer activity, they have been booked and busy in recent months.

The campground has 25 RV sites and five tent sites that people can rent. Inside the park, there are also trails and a lake for people to enjoy the scenic view. Some camping essentials like a bonfire, dog park and playground are also available.

Owner Maghan Bender said Pollacksville is the perfect location, right between the coastal beaches and New Bern, so it’s nice for people to see the town as well as nearby towns.

“We really wanted to be part of making Pollocksville a better place and offering things, bringing people to Pollocksville because now that people are camping here, we have people all over North Carolina and South Carolina just coming in little old Pollocksville coming to camp at Magnolia Lane,” Bender said.

Bender also adds that their newest addition has been the beach so families can build sandcastles or just lay back and relax. Bender also mentioned that at the end of the year, they hope more people will come to stay at the campground and enjoy all that they have to do in Pollocksville.