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Lifeguards on Duty, Concession Stand Open Daily.   

Lifeguards will be on duty in the protected swim area daily as staffing permits through Labor Day as well as the concession stand will be open through Labor Day weekend with drinks and snacks for sale, cash only. Concession Stand hours Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4:30pm.

 Posted on: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:42am
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.
 

 Posted on: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:43am
Ferry Service and Bathhouse Open Daily for Summer    

Through Labor Day weekend, ferry service to Bear Island operates hourly Monday and Tuesday and every 1/2 hour Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 9:30 am with the last ferry off Bear Island at 6:00 pm. Please see the ferry schedule link at left for complete schedule. Ferry tickets typically sell out early in the day on weekends. Arrive early in the day to purchase tickets.

Indoor showers on Bear Island will be open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day, and drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily. Contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

Pets are not permitted on the ferry, also note that carts and wagons are not permitted on the ferry unless collapsible.  The ferry captain reserves the right to request wagons and carts are emptied until passengers get off the ferry.

 Posted on: Monday, July 3, 2017 - 1:29pm
Events and Programs

Hammocks Beach State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

Join a park ranger to learn useful knots for your next trip out on the water. This is a hands-on activity that is fun for all ages!
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 07/25/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island

Join a park ranger to learn more about outdoor ethics so that you can minimize your impact on the environment. These skills can be applied on your next hiking or camping adventure.
 

Date of Event:
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Explore the ancient Japanese art of Gyotaku.  Join a Park Ranger to paint and print a fish on a T-shirt to create a one-of-a-kind work of art.  This program is intended for all age groups. Program will be on Bear Island near concession stand (Ferry ticket purchase is required to attend this program).
Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island

Just as there are many ways to catch a fish, there are many ways to clean and prepare them. Join a park ranger to learn the cleaning process and examine the anatomy to find out their unique adaptations.
 

Date of Event:
Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island

Enjoy this ranger-guided trip through the adjacent marsh water as we explore some of the ecosystems which make this part of North Carolina so special.  Kayaks, paddles, & lifejackets will be provided.  Must be 13 years & older to participate.  Space is limited; Registration is required by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Fri, 08/04/2017 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center
Contact:

Hammocks Beach State Park

1572 Hammocks Beach Road
SwansboroNC 28584
Phone910-326-4881
hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 34.671000
Longitude: -77.142900

Park Hours:

September - May: 8am - 6pm
June - August: 8am - 7pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
September - May: 8am - 5pm daily
June - August: 8am - 6pm daily

Closed Christmas Day