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The park continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence. The mainland area, including the visitor center, kayak launch, and the ½ mile loop TRACK trail.  Bear Island is open for day use and some walk-in day of camping is available.  However, there ARE NO RESTROOMS OR POTABLE WATER on Bear Island.  The kayak launch is open, the trail markers for the Bear Island Trail have been replaced but some of the paddle trails are not marked well as 70% of the markers were lost in the hurricane.  Please paddle at your own risk and be aware of your surroundings.  The boat ramp will remain closed due to dock construction, Huggins Island and Jones Island are both closed to visitors. Ferry service will not resume until the dock replacement construction project is completed. Please see Hammocks Beach Current Information for additional information.

 Last updated on: Friday, June 14, 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, 06/16/2019 - 8:30am to 9:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This 6 hour, on water, class teaches junior kayakers paddling skill and rescue techniques to be more comfortable on the water. All equipment provided. Call to sign-up 910-326-4881 SPACE IS LIMITED AND SIGN UP IS REQUIRED.

Date of Event:
Tue, 06/18/2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Learn about these wave skimmers that frequent the waters around Hammocks Beach giving us a playful show each day.  We will look at their behavior patterns and how they learn from one another. Program held at ferry dock on the mainland

Date of Event:
Tue, 06/18/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Ferry Dock

Join a Ranger for a talk about what shorebirds you can see throughout Hammocks Beach State Park. Here you will be able to learn how to identify several species, as well as learn the importance of shorebirds.

Date of Event:
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

The half mile loop trail on the mainland of Hammocks Beach State Park offers huge opportunities to witness the natural world. This hike will be led by two rangers one of whom is a trained forester and is an expert on trees and plants. The other is proficient in animal tracking and is a land mammal enthusiast. There will be plenty of learning opportunities along the way! Wear sturdy comfortable shoes, bring water and anything else you need to be outdoors in June in Eastern NC. No sign up necessary.

Date of Event:
Sat, 06/22/2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

910-326-4881
hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov

 

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    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
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    8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
    daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day