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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, June 28, 2016 - 5:59pm
Ferry Service and Bathhouse Open Daily through Labor Day    

Through Labor Day weekend, 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 the ferry schedule link at left for complete schedule.  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 or 910.326.4881 with questions.

PLEASE NOTE:  Pets are not permitted on the ferry.  ONLY collapsible carts and wagons are allowed on ferry and must be collapsed during ferry ride.

 Posted on: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 11:28am
Concession Stand Open No Lifeguards on Duty   

The concession stand will be open through Labor Day with drinks and snacks for sale, cash only. Concession Stand hours Monday – Thursday 12pm – 5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm, and Sunday 10am – 4:30pm.  Swim at your own risk as no lifeguards are on duty for the remainder of the season.  Please use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time.  Please Contact the park office at or 910.326.4881 with questions.

 Posted on: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 4:55pm

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