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Mainland Area, Bear Island Re-opened Day Use Only   

The visitor center and the mainland area reopened on October 1, 2018. The 0.5-mile loop TRACK Trail on the mainland reopened on October 20, 2018. The kayak launch is closed, and kayak trails remain closed. The boat ramp remains closed. Bear Island is open for day use only. Huggins Island and Jones Island are both closed. There is no ferry service for the rest of the season. All campsites closed through December 31, 2018. Please see Bear Island Current Information for campsite reopening information.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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.

 

TOPIC: WINTER SURVIVAL

Just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean your camping season should have to come to an end! Join a ranger to learn about some tricks and hacks to help you keep comfortable in most conditions when camping or hiking. We will explore how to make the most out of your camping experience. In this program we will discuss a proper sleep set up of sleep bags and pads and even discuss a couple of hacks which can help make winter camping even more enjoyable.

 

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/15/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Some animals migrate to warmer climates for the winter and some stay in the same place in the colder months. Come out to the park and hear about some of the unique adaptations animals have to survive this time of the year. You’ll be amazed!

 

Date of Event:
Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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!

OPTIONAL: Bring binoculars if you have them.

 

Date of Event:
Sat, 12/29/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

It’s a new year and celebrate it with a FIRST DAY HIKE at Hammocks Beach State Park!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to explore the park with a ranger along the 1/2-mile nature trail discovering new sights and sounds and taking in the fresh air.  You never know what you may come across — a deer, a soaring eagle, or even a slithering snake!  Bring your family, bring your friends to ring in the new year at the park!  NOTE:  Bring binoculars if you have them (optional).

SIGNUP REQUIRED BY CONTACTING THE PARK OFFICE: 910-326-4881
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

It’s a new year and celebrate it with a FIRST DAY HIKE at Hammocks Beach State Park!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to explore the park with a ranger along the 1/2-mile nature trail discovering new sights and sounds and taking in the fresh air.  You never know what you may come across — a deer, a soaring eagle, or even a slithering snake!  Bring your family, bring your friends to ring in the new year at the park!  NOTE:  Bring binoculars if you have them (optional).

SIGNUP REQUIRED BY CONTACTING THE PARK OFFICE: 910-326-4881
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center
Contact:

1573 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

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

 

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GPS: 34.671, -77.1429

 

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

Closed Christmas Day

 

VISITOR CENTER:
  • 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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