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Ferry Service Delayed Until May 3, 2017...more   

Passenger ferry service to Bear Island will not begin in April as scheduled.  An engineer’s inspection revealed that temporary measures are necessary to shore up dock facilities to ensure visitor safety.   The delay will allow for the temporary repair of dock facilities on the island and mainland.  Permanent repairs will be undertaken later this year, and normal operation of ferry services is expected in 2018.  Until permanent repairs are completed there will not be ADA accessibility.
 
Campers with reservations will be ferried to the island using alternative ferry vessels on a limited schedule Friday, Saturday, and Sundays.  Mainland departures at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30 pm, Bear Island departures will be at 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00pm.  Campers planning to paddle to Bear Island will continue with no disruption as in the past.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we complete this necessary construction project.  Please contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

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.

Dredge Project Completed, Bear Island Open for Camping
The dredging of Cow Channel has been completed and access to Bear Island and Cow Channel restored.  However, the ferry dock on Bear Island will remain closed due to the repair of the docks.  The bathhouse with potable water, restroom facilities and showers for campers are available.  Please contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

 Posted on: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:29pm
Trails

Enjoy three well-marked paddle trails, ranging from 200 yards to more than six miles.

 

Beach
Location: Bear Island
Description: While Hammocks Beach State Park doesn't have designated walking trails, the beach is always available for hikes.
Point of Interest: Ocean, tidal pools, mudflats, salt marshes, dunes.
Length:
4.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Sand
Bear Island Trail
Location: Starts at the kayak launch and ends at the Bear Island campsites
Description:
Point of Interest:
Length:
2.60 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Blaze:
white over orange
Bear Island Trail at Hammocks Beach State Park
Surface:
Huggins Island Trail
Location: Starts and ends at the kayak launch
Description: The trail circles Huggins Island.
Point of Interest:
Length:
6.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Blaze:
yellow over yellow
Huggins Island Trail at Hammocks Beach State Park
Surface:
Trout Channel Spur Trail
Location: Runs between Bear Island Paddle Trail and the ferry dock on Bear Island
Description:
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Blaze:
blue over orange
Surface:
Contact:

Hammocks Beach State Park

1572 Hammocks Beach Road
SwansboroNC 28584
Phone910-326-4881
hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov
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