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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
 

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Status of park facilities   

The Hammocks Beach State Park boat ramp and the campsites at Bear Island are currently closed until further notice. Campers with existing reservations will be contacted by reservations system staff to receive full refunds.

The ferry service will NOT resume as scheduled on April 3 and is suspended until further notice.

Trails remain open, but the visitor center and all restrooms are CLOSED. All events and programs have been CANCELED until further notice.

 Last updated on: Friday, March 27, 2020

Scheduled events

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.

 

This event has been canceled.

Happy National Geologists Day! Roll your sleeves up and plan on getting your hands dirty as we study the wonderful world below us… rocks!  You will learn about some of the rocky legends that helped shape North Carolina and how they took charge of creating our beautiful beaches that we get to enjoy today.  Join a ranger for a rock-solid dig of your own searching for some hidden treasures in the sands!

**A NC Science Festival program**

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This event has been canceled.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote in this country.  This was a HUGE achievement for many generations and all their hard work... and we're going to celebrate all year long!

Do computers think and talk to each other?  To us?  Do YOU speak "computer"? Come out to the park and learn about the women responsible for modern-day computer coding that helped pave the way for how we use the computer today. Computers actually DO have their own language in which we try to understand. Through a unique hands-on activity with the ranger, you will create your own computer message that explains this concept!

**A NC Science Festival program**
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This event has been canceled.

Snakes are always a slithering favorite for many people! And so are lizards, gators, and… Spring is here, and the weather is warming up… just in time for our cold-blooded creatures as they become more active throughout the park. During this half-mile interpretive hike, you will get a chance to explore and learn to identify the different reptile species that inhabit the woods here at Hammocks Beach State Park. MEET AT VISITOR CENTER.

NOTE: Bug spray and proper hiking shoes are recommended.

**A NC Science Festival program**

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This event has been canceled.

Come out to the park to learn the ins and outs of what makes each tree species unique. Each tree has its own type of "fingerprint" that makes it different from the next tree. You will get a chance to see some neat tricks to identify a tree... just by looking at the unique features of its wood. Grab a magnifying glass and test your skills! A pine is not just a pine and an oak is not just an oak. A great chance to build up your detective skills for your next trip out into the forest.

NOTE: PROGRAM IS AT BEAR ISLAND CONCESSION STAND. YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A FERRY TICKET TO ATTEND PROGRAM.

**A NC Science Festival Program**

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/18/2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island Concession Stand

This event has been canceled.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote in this country. This was a HUGE achievement for many generations and all their hard work... and we're going to celebrate all year long!

Do you ever wonder what makes us so unique from one another? From other living creatures? We each have our own "secret code" that makes us each special: DNA. It may be a "secret”, but can we see it and figure out our code? Come out to the park and join a ranger as we explore the trailblazing work of Jennifer Doudna, a female biochemist, and learn about some of her work that helped unravel the mystery behind this code. You will even get the chance to make your very own DNA craft to take home!

**A NC Science Festival program**

Date of Event:
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center