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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Mainland Area, Bear Island Re-opened Day Use Only   

The visitor center and the mainland area reopened on October 1, 2018. The 0.5-mile loop TRACK Trail on the mainland reopened on October 20, 2018. The kayak launch is closed, and kayak trails remain closed. The boat ramp remains closed. Bear Island is open for day use only. Huggins Island and Jones Island are both closed. There is no ferry service for the rest of the season. All campsites closed through December 31, 2018. Please see Bear Island Current Information for campsite reopening information.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Activities

Boating

Journey to the island by private boat or marine taxi. Boats may be beached or tied at the island bulkhead, but please do not dock along the ferry pier. When traveling to the island by boat, navigate along the ferry route; boating in the inlet can be dangerous.

Canoeists and kayakers may reach Bear Island and explore the marsh by way of a designated canoe trail. Markers placed along the route indicate points of interest along the way. See the Trails page for more information.

Hidden Coast Adventure is a seasonal concessionaire at the park who offers kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddle board tours and rentals. Please view their website at paddlenc.com or contact them by phone at 910-612-3297 for additional information.

Due to sand migration in the channel the ferry uses to transport visitors to Bear Island, the ferry schedule can change on a daily basis. The ferry schedule is under Fees/FAQs/Rules, or please call the park for more information.

Fishing

Puppy drum, flounder, trout and blue fish are frequent catches on Bear Island. Fishing at Hammocks Beach is a favorite pastime in all seasons but is particularly good in the fall.

A Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required to fish in North Carolina.  There is no fishing access on the mainland.

Swimming

Take a dip or catch a wave. A portion of the beach is a designated swimming area. There are lifeguards on duty in the designated swimming area most days from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Picnicking

Pack a picnic to enjoy under a covered shelter that offers respite from the sun. A concession stand provides cold drinks and snacks from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Contact:

1573 Hammocks 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