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Camping Suspended Through October 15, 2015.
Posted on:  Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 5:01pm    

Bear Island campsites will remain closed through Thursday night, October 15, 2015 due to extreme high tides caused by Hurricane Joaquin.  During high tide there is no beachfront as the ocean hits the base of the dunes.  Conditions and clean-up will be re-evaluated Thursday to ensure camping can reopen safely. Unless damage or unsafe conditions persist, ferry service will be on schedule for Friday, October 9, 2015.  Please contact the park at 910-326-4881 or with questions or for more information.  

Bear Island Emergency Phone System Out Of Service.
Posted on:  Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 5:02pm    

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.

October Ferry Service FRI - SUN, No Lifeguards, No Concession Stand
Posted on:  Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 5:02pm    

Ferry service to/from Bear Island operates in October Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, hourly.  From the mainland on the half hour 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and on the top of the hour from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Please see for complete ferry schedule.  Indoor showers on Bear Island are open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day, drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily.  Lifeguards will not be on duty for the remainder of ferry season.  Please use extreme caution in the water and be aware that dangerous rip currents can occur at any time. The concession stand will be closed for the remainder of the 2015 season as well. Please bring any soft drinks and snacks with you to the island. PLEASE NOTE:  Pets, Carts and Wagons are not permitted on the ferry.  

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

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