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Ferry Service Closed Until April, Bathhouse Closed Until March 2017.   

Ferry operations are scheduled to resume on April 7, 2017.  The bathhouse on Bear Island with rest room facilities and potable water are currently closed and winterized.  Camping is permitted in certain areas but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.  Barring any freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, the bathhouse is scheduled to reopen on or about March 15, 2017.  Please see the ferry schedule link at left for complete schedule.  Please contact the park office at or 910.326.4881 with questions.

 Posted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 9:02am
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, January 24, 2017 - 9:03am
Dredging Closes Cow Channel, Parts of Bear Island, and more   

Since December 19, 2016 access to Bear Island has been restricted and Cow Channel closed due to the Cow Channel Dredging Project.  The project necessitates the close of portions of Bear Island including the Bear Island ferry dock, path to the oceanfront, campsites on (1) through eleven (11), and group campsites A & B.  Campsites twelve (12) through fourteen (14) will remain open for camping.  Barring any unforeseen delays, we hope to reopen campsites and facilities on the island around March 15, 2017.  Please contact the park office at or 910.326.4881 with questions.

 Posted on: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:32am

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