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Ferry Service Delayed Until May 3, 2017...more   

Passenger ferry service to Bear Island will not begin in April as scheduled.  An engineer’s inspection revealed that temporary measures are necessary to shore up dock facilities to ensure visitor safety.   The delay will allow for the temporary repair of dock facilities on the island and mainland.  Permanent repairs will be undertaken later this year, and normal operation of ferry services is expected in 2018.  Until permanent repairs are completed there will not be ADA accessibility.
 
Campers with reservations will be ferried to the island using alternative ferry vessels on a limited schedule Friday, Saturday, and Sundays.  Mainland departures at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30 pm, Bear Island departures will be at 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00pm.  Campers planning to paddle to Bear Island will continue with no disruption as in the past.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we complete this necessary construction project.  Please contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

Bear Island Emergency Phone System Out Of Service
The emergency phone system on Bear Island is currently out of service.  In the event of an emergency after hours please use your cell phone as cellular service from most carriers is available.  Electrical outlets are available at the bathhouse to charge a cell phone.

Dredge Project Completed, Bear Island Open for Camping
The dredging of Cow Channel has been completed and access to Bear Island and Cow Channel restored.  However, the ferry dock on Bear Island will remain closed due to the repair of the docks.  The bathhouse with potable water, restroom facilities and showers for campers are available.  Please contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

 Posted on: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:29pm
Camping

Don't Move Firewood

Primitive campsites are located near the beach and the inlet. Fourteen family campsites accommodate six people and two tents each. Two group campsites, available to affiliated groups only, one accommodates up to 12 persons, the other 24 persons. Light and simple is the way to travel as campers must carry all provisions to the campsites from the beach or ferry dock. Group campsites are reserved locally at Hammocks Beach State Park.  Download reservation form (PDF).

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.

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 on numbered sites only and permits must be obtained from the park office on the mainland. Campsites are open year round.

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.

IMPORTANT: Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to preview photos of campsites; check availability and fees; and find out whether a specific site is handicap accessible; has access to water, showers, or restrooms; has electric hookup; and other important information.

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Contact:

Hammocks Beach State Park

1572 Hammocks Beach Road
SwansboroNC 28584
Phone910-326-4881
hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 34.671000
Longitude: -77.142900

Park Hours:

September - May: 8am - 6pm
June - August: 8am - 7pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
September - May: 8am - 5pm daily
June - August: 8am - 6pm daily

Closed Christmas Day