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Ferry Service and Camping Delayed.   

The park continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence. The visitor center and the mainland area are open along with the ½ mile loop TRACK trail.  Bear Island is open for day use only but there are no restroom facilities or potable water.  The following facilities remain closed:  the kayak launch, all paddle trails, and the boat ramp.  Huggins Island and Jones Island are both closed to visitors. Ferry service will not resume until the dock replacement construction project is completed. All campsites are closed through June 30, 2019. Please see Hammocks Beach Current Information for additional information.

 Last updated on: Monday, April 1, 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.

 

A NORTH CAROLINA SCIENCE FESTIVAL EVENT

A common question asked here at Hammocks Beach State Park: Are there bear on Bear Island?

The American black bear is the most commonly seen bear in North America with a huge geographic range where it lives, breeds, and travels within.  Here in Eastern North Carolina we have a very large population in which inhabits our woods and sometimes seen in nearby towns!  Join a ranger for a program talk about some of its natural history, management programs, as well as some common myths associated with this prevalent and amazing animal!
 

Date of Event:
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

A NORTH CAROLINA SCIENCE FESTIVAL EVENT

It may not go bump in the nighttime hours, but a croak, caw, or screech can be just as mysterious in the darkness!  Your surroundings may be a little spooky at times because you don’t know who or what is around you!  Join a ranger and learn to distinguish the sounds of the night during this program that introduces you to your night time neighbors.  Some of these sounds you might just recognize...  Come out to the park to test your nighttime knowledge!
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

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, 04/21/2019 - 8:30am to 9:30am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Learn and Explore At the Park:  A week full of activities for children ages 6-12 who want to learn and discover about the environment around them.  These programs support the North Carolina State Park’s Junior Ranger Program.  Each day has a new activity.  Space is limited; contact the park office to register: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Hammocks Beach State Park Visitor Center

Learn and Explore At the Park:  A week full of activities for children ages 6-12 who want to learn and discover about the environment around them.  These programs support the North Carolina State Park’s Junior Ranger Program.  Each day has a new activity.  Space is limited; contact the park office to register: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 04/23/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Hammocks Beach State Park Visitor Center

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

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

 

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GPS: 34.671, -77.1429

 

  • September to May:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 7:00pm

Closed Christmas Day

  • September to May:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
    daily

Closed Christmas Day

 
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