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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: 34.671, -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...   

There is no ferry service January – March 2020.  Ferry service for the 2020 season is scheduled to begin Friday, April 3, 2020.  Currently, 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 closed and winterized.  Camping is permitted but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. Campsites 9 - 11 are currently closed through 3/15/2020 due to beach erosion.  Open fires are not permitted at any time.  Barring freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, the bathhouse will reopen on March 16, 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: Friday, January 3, 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.

 

Enjoy a boat ride over to Bear Island and learn about one of North Carolina's hidden treasures. You will be able to explore and discover about some of nature's wonders and maybe even collect some beach souvenirs! DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881. Note: Program is subject to cancellation due to the weather.

Only one island hike sign up allowed per month.

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/28/2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
visitor center

Come out to the park and “splice” up your life with this hands-on activity with a ranger learning about this valuable life skill that may get you out of a couple pinches in your life.  The best way to tidy up the ends of ropes or lines is by splicing back to itself by interweaving their strands.  A great lesson to take with you!

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/01/2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Come out to the park on the first Sunday each month with your doggies and enjoy this ranger-guided hike along one of the park's newly developed hiking trails.  There will be a new topic each month as we explore the sights and sounds around us.   NOTE: pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Trail: approximately 2 miles, easy

PROGRAM IS WEATHER DEPENDENT. Contact park office for program update: 910-326-4881.

Date of Event:
Sun, 02/02/2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Enjoy a ranger-guided boat ride to Bear Island and learn about one of North Carolina’s hidden treasures.  You will be able to explore and discover about some of nature’s wonders in the winter and maybe even collect some beach souvenirs!  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!  Subject to cancellation due to the weather.

Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 02/02/2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a park ranger on this boat ride to one of our historic island treasures- Huggins Island.  You will learn about the diverse history that has shaped this maritime island over the years.  A great chance to see and explore one of the Atlantic coast’s better preserved earthwork fortifications and how it played a role in the American Civil War.  DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!  NOTE: Subject to cancellation due to the weather.

Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 02/04/2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center