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Ferry Service, Camping Open August 30,...   

Most park facilities closed from the effects of Hurricane Florence will be open and operational beginning Friday, August 30, 2019. Ferry service to Bear Island will leave the mainland every 30 minutes Friday - Monday (Labor Day) from 9:30 to 5:30pm.  There will be NO ferry service Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  The bathhouse with drinking water, restroom facilities, and showers for our campers will be open.  Camping reservations will be available on-line and at the call center for the night of August 30th forward, holiday minimums for the Labor Day weekend apply. Huggins Island will be open for day visits, but Jones Island will remain closed to visitors due to dock damage.  The boat ramp will also open August 30, 2019 for use during park hours, boat ramp permits available at the visitor center.  Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 15, 2019

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.

 

Lean and mean in 2019… You have some goals you want to tackle this year and don’t know where to begin?

Come out to the park every Sunday this year and challenge yourself with how many miles you can walk in a year?  100?  200?  This is a self-regulated program where we keep track of your efforts throughout the year and tally it in the end.  Bring your family and friends as you enjoy the park along our nature trail… rain or shine.  Great for all ages!!
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 08/25/2019 - 8:30am to 9:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Discover about these animals that take flight over the waters and land surrounding the park.  You will learn about some of their skills and adaptations they have developed for their survival.

Date of Event:
Tue, 08/27/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Sea Urchins, Sand Dollars and Starfish have a lot in common. Learn more about these beautiful and unique animals and their adaptations including radial symmetry. Live specimens will be available to hold and observe!
 

Date of Event:
Fri, 08/30/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

The most important item for catching more fish is live bait. Learn how to use a cast net to catch bait through demonstration and actual hands on training. No age requirement. Meet at Visitor Center.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 08/31/2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Lean and mean in 2019… You have some goals you want to tackle this year and don’t know where to begin?

Come out to the park every Sunday this year and challenge yourself with how many miles you can walk in a year?  100?  200?  This is a self-regulated program where we keep track of your efforts throughout the year and tally it in the end.  Bring your family and friends as you enjoy the park along our nature trail… rain or shine.  Great for all ages!!
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 09/01/2019 - 8:30am to 9:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Map of North Carolina

 

Contact

910-326-4881

hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses

Park office

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.671, -77.1429

 

Hours

  • 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
    daily
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
    daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
 
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