Hammocks Beach State Park
Bear Island Ferry Service running daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. Lifeguards on duty and concession stand open. Annual Ferry Passes On Sale Now!
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Through Labor Day ferry service to Bear Island operates hourly Monday and Tuesday and every 1/2 hour Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 9:30 am with the last ferry off Bear Island at 6:00 pm. Please see complete ferry schedule by clicking the "Ferry Schedule" link on the left hand menu. Lifeguards will be on duty in the protected swim area daily as staffing permits through Labor Day; as well as the concession stand will be open through Labor Day with drinks and snacks for sale, cash only. Lifeguards and concession stand close at 4:30 Sunday afternoons for inventory and maintenance. Indoor showers on Bear Island will be open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day, and drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily. Contact the park office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910.326.4881 with questions.
PLEASE NOTE: Pets, Carts and Wagons are not permitted on the ferry.
Updated: 2015-07-08 15:50:37
Attention Campers: The emergency phone system on Bear Island is currently out of service. In the event of an emergency after hours please use your cell phone as cellular service from most carriers is available.
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1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro, NC 28584
GPS: 34.6710, -77.1429
Venture to Bear Island and reward yourself with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat, there's just one thing at Hammocks Beach that's crowded - the list of things to do.
Stroll the beach with laughing gulls and sandpipers. Cast a baited hook into endless rows of foaming breakers. Discover tiny specimens of marine life in tidal pools and mudflats. Use a camera or paintbrush to capture the green and gold grasses that color the salt marshes. Spend the night among the sand dunes, or simply bask in the sun and do nothing at all.
Secluded and tranquil, free from intruding commercialism, Hammocks Beach may not be for everyone, but the island is a retreat for people who welcome the challenges of relentless sun, sand, sea and sky.