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Ferry Service and Camping Delayed.   

The park continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence. The visitor center and the mainland area are open along with the ½ mile loop TRACK trail.  Bear Island is open for day use only.  The following facilities remain closed:  the kayak launch, all paddle trails, and the boat ramp.  Huggins Island and Jones Island are both closed to visitors. Ferry service will not resume until the dock replacement construction project is completed. All campsites are closed through June 30, 2019. Please see Hammocks Beach Current Information for additional information.

 Last updated on: Monday, March 25, 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.


⇒  RESERVATIONS

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Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762


⇒  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.


⇒  NOW HIRING

Hammocks Beach State Park is currently accepting applications for several seasonal positions. Details can be found in the links below:


 

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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:

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

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

 

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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