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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.

 Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 1:57pm
No Lifeguards on Duty, Concession Stand Closed.   

There are no lifeguards on duty until Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time.  Please bring any soft drinks and snacks with you to the island.

 Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 1:58pm
Ferry Schedule Wednesday – Sunday in May   

The May ferry schedule is Wednesday through Sunday hourly beginning at 9:30 with the last ferry off of Bear Island at 5:00 pm.   Please see the ferry schedule link at left for complete schedule.  Please Contact the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881 with questions.

Pets are not permitted on the ferry, also note that carts and wagons are not permitted on the ferry unless collapsible.  The ferry captain reserves the right to request wagons and carts are emptied until passengers get off the ferry.  

 Posted on: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 2:04pm
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.

 

We will explore the different species of crabs that we can find on our beaches and in the surrounding waters. Be careful not to get your finger pinched! Program will begin at 1pm on Bear Island near concession stand (Ferry ticket purchase is required to attend this program).
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/27/2017 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island near Concession Stand

Join a park ranger for a guided hike across Bear Island. From the marsh to the sea, explore and enjoy the different plant and animals that can be found in the unique habitats of a barrier island. Dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the ferry waiting station on Bear Island.
 

Date of Event:
Sun, 06/04/2017 - 9:45am
Start Location:
Bear Island ferry waiting station

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.
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 06/06/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island near Concession Stand

Explore the ancient Japanese art of Gyotaku.  Join a Park Ranger to paint and print a fish on a T-shirt to create a one-of-a-kind work of art.  This program is intended for all age groups. Program will begin at 12pm on Bear Island near concession stand (Ferry ticket purchase is required to attend this program).
Seating is limited; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the park office: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Fri, 06/09/2017 - 12:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island near Concession Stand

Just as there are many ways to catch a fish, there are many ways to clean and prepare them. Join a park ranger to learn the cleaning process as well as examining anatomy to find out their unique adaptations.
 

Date of Event:
Fri, 06/09/2017 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Bear Island near Concession Stand
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