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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 8:30am
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 2:00pm
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 2:00pm
Ferry Service, Camping Open August 30,...   

Most park facilities closed from the effects of Hurricane Florence will be open and operational beginning Friday, August 30, 2019. Ferry service to Bear Island will leave the mainland every 30 minutes Friday - Monday (Labor Day) from 9:30 to 5:30pm.  There will be NO ferry service Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  The bathhouse with drinking water, restroom facilities, and showers for our campers will be open.  Camping reservations will be available on-line and at the call center for the night of August 30th forward, holiday minimums for the Labor Day weekend apply. Huggins Island will be open for day visits, but Jones Island will remain closed to visitors due to dock damage.  The boat ramp will also open August 30, 2019 for use during park hours, boat ramp permits available at the visitor center.  Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 15, 2019

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.


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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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