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Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 1:00pm
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 2:00pm
Ferry Service Ended for 2019   

Ferry service for the 2019 season has ended.  Ferry operations will resume in April of 2020.  Access to Bear Island is available by canoe, kayak, private boat, or water taxi.  All facilities on the mainland are open including the trails, kayak launch, and boat ramp.  The bathhouse on Bear Island will close for the winter on November 18, 2019 and will reopen in mid-March.
 
Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

 Last updated on: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Hammocks Beach State Park

A crown jewel of the North Carolina coast and Hammocks Beach State Park is Bear Island—a 4-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.


Reservations

Find and book a campsite or facility online

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Notices and alerts
 

Status of park facilities

Prior to your visit, please visit the Bear Island Current Information page for more information on ferry service, camping, and more.
 


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28584 Swansboro, NC


 

 


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Contact

910-326-4881

hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses

Park office

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.671, -77.1429

 

Hours

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

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

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