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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 910.326.4881 with questions.
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.
Hammocks Beach State Park
September - May: 8am - 6pm
June - August: 8am - 7pm
Closed Christmas Day
September - May: 8am - 5pm daily
June - August: 8am - 6pm daily
Closed Christmas Day