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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of Park Facilities as of January 5, 2021   

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island does not operate in January, February, or March.  Park staff hope to operate the regular ferry schedule beginning in April 2021.

Beachside campsites 1-11 are currently CLOSED due to beach erosion.  During periods of high tide there is no beachfront and campsites are inaccessible and may be unsafe. 

Visitor center, trails, mainland restrooms, and boat ramp are open daily.  Masks must be worn in buildings and social distancing should be practiced. 

The bathhouse on Bear Island is CLOSED and winterized, this includes rest room facilities and potable water. 

Bear Island is open for day use and Bear Island sound-side campsites are open for campers with transportation to the island. Campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.  See the Reservations page to make a reservation.  Please note open fires are not permitted anywhere on Bear Island.

Group campsite A is open for organized groups. Campers must have transportation to Bear Island, by canoe, kayak, or private boat. 

Visitor center hours:  8am – 5pm, closed for lunch 12pm – 1pm, gate hours 8am – 6pm. 

Please see the Hammocks Beach Updates Page or www.ncparks.gov/open for additional information.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, January 5, 2021


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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
 

Ferry service is not available in the off-season. Please check back in the spring for the 2021 ferry schedule.

 


 

 

 

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.


 Group camping reservation form »


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.

 

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 5:30pm
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 2:00pm
Friday, January 22, 2021 - 2:00pm