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1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.671, -77.1429




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


  • September to May:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day



Ferry Service Ended for 2019   

Ferry service for the 2019 season has ended.  Ferry operations will resume in April of 2020.  Access to Bear Island is available by canoe, kayak, private boat, or water taxi.  All facilities on the mainland are open including the trails, kayak launch, and boat ramp.  The bathhouse on Bear Island will close for the winter on November 18, 2019 and will reopen in mid-March.
Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

 Last updated on: Thursday, October 31, 2019

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. 

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:30pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 8:30am