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Bathhouse Closed Until March 2016, Ferry Resumes April 1, 2016.   

The bathhouse on Bear Island with rest room facilities and potable water are currently winterized.  Camping is permitted but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.  The bathhouse is scheduled to reopen on or about March 15, 2016 unless freezing temperatures or maintenance issues delay the opening.  Ferry service to Bear Island is scheduled to resume April 1, 2015.  Please see for complete ferry schedule and contact the park at 910-326-4881 or with questions or for more information.

 Posted on: Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 12:08pm
2016 Annual Ferry Passes On Sale!   

Ferry Service to Bear Island resumes on April 1, 2016.  Purchase your 2016 annual ferry pass now and take advantage of full seasonal use.  Passes are $50 each per individual and are a great gift idea.  The annual ferry pass allows the user unlimited trips to/from the mainland and Bear Island from the time of purchase until ferry operations end for 2016.  Please stop by the park office to purchase yours now.

 Posted on: Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 12:26pm
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: Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 12:31pm

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