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Status of Park Facilities as of November 18, 2020   

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island has ENDED for the 2020 season.  Park staff hope to operate the regular ferry schedule beginning in April, 2021.

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 currently CLOSED and winterized, this includes rest room facilities and potable water. 

Bear Island is open for day use and Bear Island 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.

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: Wednesday, November 18, 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
 

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

 


 

 

 

Educational programs

Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Hammocks Beach State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information.

Educational materials about Hammocks Beach State Park have been developed for grades 6-8 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Hammocks Beach program introduces students to the life history of sea turtles, focusing on the loggerhead sea turtle. The program's content includes information about animal adaptation, the sea turtle's lifecycle, endangered species, natural and human threats to wildlife, resource management and stewardship. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, an electronic copy of the teacher's booklet is available, free of charge, to educators. 

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 1:30pm
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 5:30pm