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PARK CLOSED   

Hammocks Beach State Park is closed until at least Monday, September 24. Flooding and other damage could extend this closure for a longer period, so please continue to check our website for updates.

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
No Lifeguards On Duty; Concession Stand Closed   

No lifeguards will be on duty for the remainder of the 2018 ferry season. Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time. Additionally, the concession stand is closed for the rest of season. Please bring any soft drinks and snacks with you to the island. Current information regarding Bear Island and the ferry service can be found under the Hammocks Beach Park News Link.

 Posted on: Monday, September 10, 2018

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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⇒  ATTENTION: VISITORS

Prior to your visit to Hammocks Beach State Park, please read the current information about the ferry service and amenities at Bear Island. Not all amenities are available after Labor Day.

The ferry schedule has also changed for September and October. Please make sure you check the schedule below prior to reserving your campsite and visiting the park.


 

Hammocks Beach State Park - Mainland Area Plan

Hammocks Beach State Parks mainland area recently expanded by approximately 290 acres! We anticipate this additional acreage will allow for improved visitor experience and opportunities. Read More

 

Latest Park News:

Contact:

1573 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

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

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 34.671, -77.1429

 

PARK HOURS:
  • September to May:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 7:00pm

Closed Christmas Day

 

VISITOR CENTER:
  • September to May:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
    daily

Closed Christmas Day

 

FERRY SCHEDULE