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Ferry Operates Wed. to Sunday in May, Bathhouse Open Daily.   

Bear Island ferry service operates Wednesday through Sunday in May, hourly 9:30 until 5:00 pm.  Please see the ferry schedule link for a complete list of ferry departure times to and from Bear Island.  Bear Island bathhouse facilities including drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily, indoor showers are open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day.  There are no lifeguards on duty and the concession stand is not open until Memorial Day weekend.  PLEASE bring any soft drinks and snacks with you and use extreme caution while in the water.
NOTE:  Carts, wagons, or pets are not permitted on the ferry.

 Posted on: Friday, May 20, 2016 - 8:36am
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: Friday, May 20, 2016 - 8:36am
2016 Annual Ferry Passes On Sale.   

Ferry Service to Bear Island has resumed.  Purchase your 2016 annual ferry pass now and take advantage of full seasonal use.  Passes are $60 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 one today.

 Posted on: Friday, May 20, 2016 - 8:37am

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