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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Current status of park facilities   

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. Camping is also open for campers with transportation. NO FERRY service to Bear Island, no credit card or check payments for boat ramp use, and Visitor Center closed.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020


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Contact the park
 

910-326-4881

hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.6710, -77.1429
 

Hours
 

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

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  • September to May:

Open daily:
​8:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • June to August:

Open daily:
8:00am to 6:00pm
 

  • Closed Christmas Day
     

Ferry
 

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


 

 

 

Camping

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT AMENITIES:

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.

 

Backpack and group camping*

*All camping sites are located on Bear Island and are accessible via ferry, private boat or paddling only.

Primitive campsites are located near the beach and the inlet. Fourteen family campsites accommodate six people and two tents each.

Light and simple is the way to travel as campers must carry all provisions to the campsites from the beach or ferry dock.

Campsite
Distance from ferry dock (miles)
1
0.6
2
0.65
3
0.7
4
0.75
5
0.8
6
0.85
7
0.9
8
0.95
9
1.0
10
1.05
11
1.1

 

There are three group campsites, available to affiliated groups only; one accommodates up to 26 people, while the other two accommodate up to 16 people each. Group campsites are reserved locally at Hammocks Beach State Park.


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Hammocks Beach State Park
Bear Island group campsites
Reservation form (.pdf)


Due to sand migration in the channel that 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.

Campsites are open year-round. Water and other facilities are available on the island, except from mid-November through mid-March when the facilities are winterized.

Fires are not permitted, and campers must remove all trash. Camping is permitted only on numbered sites and permits must be obtained from the park office on the mainland.

Campers must register in the park office on the mainland before going to Bear Island. All vehicles left in the parking lot overnight must be registered at the park office or they are subject to towing.

 

Watch this video for some tips and information regarding camping at Bear Island:

 

NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.