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Contact the park

910-326-4881

hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses

Park office

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.671, -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:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
    daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

►    FERRY SCHEDULE


 

No Ferry Service Bathhouse Closed and...   

Ferry service has ended for the 2019 season and is scheduled to resume April 3, 2020.  Access to Bear Island is available by canoe, kayak, private boat, or private water taxi.  The bathhouse on Bear Island, with rest room facilities and potable water, is currently closed and winterized.  Camping is permitted but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.  Barring any freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, the bathhouse will reopen on or about March 15, 2020. All facilities on the mainland are open including the trails, kayak launch, and boat ramp. 
 
Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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.

 

  • Come out to the park after dark for this night sky-inspired nature hike along the 1/2-mile nature trail. We will explore some of the sights and sounds of the nighttime hours here at the park while watching out for the rising near-full moon as well as for any shooting stars from the annual Geminid Meteor Shower. Make a wish!  Bring your own flashlight/red light if you think you need it.  PROGRAM IS WEATHER DEPENDENT. CONTACT PARK OFFICE FOR PROGRAM STATUS: 910-326-4881
Date of Event:
Wed, 12/11/2019 - 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Winter is coming. That doesn’t mean that camping season is over. In this program we discuss the basics of winter camping including a review of winter gear.

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/14/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

If you don’t know a knot... tie a lot! Come to the park and learn how to properly tie knots that will come in handy in your everyday life. There are so many ways to make a piece of rope so useful in your life!!

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/14/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Do you have a bucket of shells and don’t know what to do with them?  Each month come out to the park and learn about some of the unique beach findings and what crafty ways can be applied with them.  You will get a chance to build your own craft to take home.  This month's craft: Pine-cone ornaments.  Registration is required by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 12/15/2019 - 2:00pm to 4:15pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger to learn all about the physical adaptation’s birds have that allow them to fly.

Date of Event:
Mon, 12/16/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center