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No Lifeguards on Duty, Concession Stand Closed.   

No lifeguards on duty for the remainder of the 2016 ferry season, the concession stand is now closed for the remainder of the 2016 season as well.  Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time.  Please bring any soft drinks and snacks with you to the island.  Please contact the park at 910-326-4881 or with questions or for more information.

 Posted on: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:09pm
Bear Island Emergency Phone System Out Of Service   

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.  Electrical outlets are available at the bathhouse to charge a cell phone.

 Posted on: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:10pm
Ferry Schedule Friday – Sunday, Last Day of Ferry Service Oct. 30, 2016   

The October ferry schedule is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The last day of ferry service for the 2016 season is Sunday, October 30, 2016.  The ferry departs hourly beginning at 9:30 am with the last ferry to Bear Island at 4:30 pm and to the mainland at 5:00 pm.  Please see the ferry schedule link at left for complete schedule.  Please contact the park office at or 910.326.4881 with questions.
Pets are not permitted on the ferry, additionally, carts and wagons are not permitted on the ferry unless collapsible.  The ferry captain reserves the right to require wagons and carts be emptied until all passengers have exited the ferry vessel.  

 Posted on: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:11pm

Hammocks Beach State Park

A crown jewel of the North Carolina coast and Hammocks Beach State Park is Bear Island—a three-mile-long, undeveloped barrier island accessible by the park’s passenger ferry, private ferry or by paddling a canoe or kayak. A wide beach between massive dunes and the ocean is interrupted only by primitive campsites and a modest concession/picnic complex. The park’s mainland gateway offers a full-service visitor center and is the launch site for ferry service, canoes or kayaks. Rent or bring your own kayaks, canoes or paddleboards to explore paddling trails leading to marshes, Bear Island or Huggins Island, which is graced with unspoiled maritime forest. Interpretive programs and extensive exhibits teach about park ecology and wildlife including endangered sea turtles and nesting shorebirds.

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Hammocks Beach State Park - Mainland Area Plan

Hammocks Beach State Parks mainland area recently expanded by approximately 290 acres! We anticipate this additional acreage will allow for improved visitor experience and opportunities. Read More


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Hammocks Beach State Park

1572 Hammocks Beach Road
SwansboroNC 28584
Latitude: 34.671000
Longitude: -77.142900

Park Hours:

September - May: 8am - 6pm
June - August: 8am - 7pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
September - May: 8am - 5pm daily
June - August: 8am - 6pm daily

Closed Christmas Day