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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 8:30am
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:30pm
October Ferry Schedule Weekends Only   

The October ferry schedule is Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays hourly and departing the mainland from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and departing Bear Island from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Please see the ferry schedule link for the complete schedule. The last day of ferry service for the year is October 27, 2019.  The bathhouse is open through November 15, 2019.  The concession stand is closed and there are no lifeguards on duty for the remainder of the 2019 season. All facilities on the mainland are open including the trails, kayak launch, and boat ramp.
Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

 Last updated on: Thursday, October 3, 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 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.

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Park office

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.671, -77.1429



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