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The park continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence. The mainland area, including the visitor center, kayak launch, and the ½ mile loop TRACK trail.  Bear Island is open for day use and some walk-in day of camping is available.  However, there ARE NO RESTROOMS OR POTABLE WATER on Bear Island.  The kayak launch is open, the trail markers for the Bear Island Trail have been replaced but some of the paddle trails are not marked well as 70% of the markers were lost in the hurricane.  Please paddle at your own risk and be aware of your surroundings.  The boat ramp will remain closed due to dock construction, Huggins Island and Jones Island are both closed to visitors. Ferry service will not resume until the dock replacement construction project is completed. Please see Hammocks Beach Current Information for additional information.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 17, 2019

Hammocks Beach State Park

A crown jewel of the North Carolina coast and Hammocks Beach State Park is Bear Island—a 3-mile-long, undeveloped barrier island accessible by the park’s passenger ferry or 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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⇒  ALERT: CLOSED FACILITIES

Hammocks Beach continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence in September 2018. Several park facilities remain closed, including camping and a delay in ferry service due to damage sustained from the hurricane. Prior to your visit, please visit the Bear Island Current Information page for more information on the status of facilities.


 

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1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

910-326-4881
hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 34.671, -77.1429

 

  • September to May:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • September to May:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
    daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day