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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Camping Closed Due to Hurricane Isaias   

Camping at Hammocks Beach State Park will be closed from Sunday, August 2, 2020 through Wednesday, August 5, 2020 due to potential impacts from Hurricane Isaias. Dangerous storm surge and damaging high winds are possible.  Once the storm has passed, park staff plan to tour the park to assess when camping can safely be resumed.  This message will be updated periodically as additional information becomes available.  Please contact the park at 910-326-4881 or with questions or for more information.

 Last updated on: Friday, July 31, 2020

Status of park facilities as of July 31   

Trails, mainland restrooms and Bear Island bathhouse with potable water are open daily.  The boat ramp for cash payments and annual pass holders is open, Bear Island is open for private boat access for day use and Bear Island campsites are CLOSED from August 2-5, 2020 due to possible impacts from Hurricane Isaias.  Camping will reopen for campers with transportation to Bear Island as soon as possible after the storm has passed.  NO FERRY service to Bear Island, no credit card or check payments for boat ramp use, and Visitor center closed.  Please see for additional information.

 Last updated on: Friday, July 31, 2020

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Contact the park



Visitor center

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.6710, -77.1429



  • September to May:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • September to May:

Open daily:
​8:00am to 5:00pm

  • June to August:

Open daily:
8:00am to 6:00pm

  • Closed Christmas Day


There is currently no ferry service to Bear Island due to COVID-19. Please check back here for updates.




Things to do


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 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.