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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park

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Contact the park

910-326-4881

hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses

Park office

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.671, -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:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
    daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

►    FERRY SCHEDULE


 

No Ferry Service Bathhouse Closed and...   

Ferry service has ended for the 2019 season and is scheduled to resume April 3, 2020.  Access to Bear Island is available by canoe, kayak, private boat, or private water taxi.  The bathhouse on Bear Island, with rest room facilities and potable water, is currently closed and winterized.  Camping is permitted but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.  Barring any freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, the bathhouse will reopen on or about March 15, 2020. 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: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Area information

The Hammocks Beach State Park office and ferry dock are located in Onslow County between Jacksonville and Morehead City.

From I-95, take I-40 east to NC 24. Follow NC 24 east through Jacksonville to Swansboro. Turn right onto Hammocks Beach Road. About 500 feet before the end of the road, turn right into the park entrance.

From the south, take US 17 north to Jacksonville, and turn on NC 24 east to Swansboro. Turn right onto Hammocks Beach Road. About 500 feet before the end of the road, turn right into the park entrance.

From points east, follow Highway 24 west into Swansboro. Turn left onto Old Hammocks Road. Turn left onto Hammocks Beach Road. About 500 feet before the end of the road, turn right into the park entrance.

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From the park office area, the passenger ferry provides transportation to Bear Island for a modest fee. The island is also accessible by private boat or marine taxi service.

The island is also accessible by private boat, canoe / kayak or marine taxi service.

 

Toll ferry

Note: the ferry schedule is available in Fees/FAQs/Rules. 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. Please refer to the schedule, or contact the park office for more information.

The 2.5-mile passenger ferry ride takes about 15 minutes and offers a glimpse of interesting wetland inhabitants, including herons and egrets. After traveling through the Intracoastal Waterway, the ferry moves through the shallow waters of Cow Channel, a channel through which cows were once herded to the island for grazing. The ferry then docks at the pier on Bear Island where a half-mile trail travels through the dune system, across the island, to the beach. This 15-minute walk is like a trip through the desert. The sand is often hot; wear protective shoes.

The park ferry operates daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day except in inclement weather. During popular summer months, a line often forms for the ferry and the island quickly reaches capacity. Arrive early in the day to avoid long delays.

 

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NC Aquarium-Pine Knoll Shores
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Tryon Palace

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 5:00pm
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 3:00pm