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Ferry Service Delayed Until May 3, 2017...more   

Passenger ferry service to Bear Island will not begin in April as scheduled.  An engineer’s inspection revealed that temporary measures are necessary to shore up dock facilities to ensure visitor safety.   The delay will allow for the temporary repair of dock facilities on the island and mainland.  Permanent repairs will be undertaken later this year, and normal operation of ferry services is expected in 2018.  Until permanent repairs are completed there will not be ADA accessibility.
 
Campers with reservations will be ferried to the island using alternative ferry vessels on a limited schedule Friday, Saturday, and Sundays.  Mainland departures at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30 pm, Bear Island departures will be at 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00pm.  Campers planning to paddle to Bear Island will continue with no disruption as in the past.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we complete this necessary construction project.  Please contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

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.

Dredge Project Completed, Bear Island Open for Camping
The dredging of Cow Channel has been completed and access to Bear Island and Cow Channel restored.  However, the ferry dock on Bear Island will remain closed due to the repair of the docks.  The bathhouse with potable water, restroom facilities and showers for campers are available.  Please contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

 Posted on: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 3:29pm
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 on a boat ride over to Huggins Island and learn about the unique history that has shaped this maritime island over the years.  You will get a chance to see and explore one of the Atlantic coast’s better preserved earthwork fortification and how it played a role in the American Civil War.  We will also look at other generations that have utilized this island over the years.  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/02/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's... Join a park ranger to explore the area in search for some of the aerial visitors passing by during the spring migratory season. You might get a chance to see some of birds that normally live north and are just passing through... a very rare sight to experience! Of course you will get the chance to welcome back birds that use the park as their summer home. OPTIONAL: bring a bird guide and/or binoculars if you have them.
 

Date of Event:
Mon, 04/03/2017 - 8:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a park ranger to learn about some of these slithery creatures that roam North Carolina and what important role they play in certain ecosystems. We will look at several species and talk about certain key snake features that help you determine if it is venomous or nonvenomous as well as other safety tips.
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join the park ranger to discuss and discover the natural wonders of our salt water ecosystem. We will get a chance to collect specimens for identification. Bring water shoes if you are planning on participating in the collection activities.
 

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/07/2017 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a park ranger for an exciting hike through the woods. You will get an opportunity to explore the park’s new property, discovering sights and sounds while taking in the fresh air. You never know what types of wildlife you may get a glimpse at. Bring binoculars if you have them.
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/08/2017 - 4:00pm
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