The park continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence. The mainland area, including the visitor center, kayak launch, and the ½ mile loop TRACK trail. Bear Island is open for day use and some walk-in day of camping is available. However, there ARE NO RESTROOMS OR POTABLE WATER on Bear Island. The kayak launch is open, the trail markers for the Bear Island Trail have been replaced but some of the paddle trails are not marked well as 70% of the markers were lost in the hurricane. Please paddle at your own risk and be aware of your surroundings. The boat ramp will remain closed due to dock construction, Huggins Island and Jones Island are both closed to visitors. Ferry service will not resume until the dock replacement construction project is completed. Please see Hammocks Beach Current Information for additional information.Last updated on: Friday, June 14, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.