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Park open, ferry to resume Wednesday,...   

All areas of Hammocks Beach State Park are open as of Monday, September 9, 2019. Ferry service to Bear Island will resume on its normal schedule on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Please note that there is no ferry service on Mondays and Tuesday in September. Please contact the park at 910-326-4881 or hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov with questions or for more information.

Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

 Last updated on: Monday, September 9, 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.
 


Current weather

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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

  • 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
     
 
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