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Status of Park Facilities as of September 11, 2020   

NO FERRY service to Bear Island.

Visitor center, trails, restrooms, boat ramp, and Bear Island bathhouse with potable water are open daily.  Masks must be worn in buildings and social distancing should be practiced. 

Bear Island is open for private boat access for day use and Bear Island campsites are open for campers with transportation to Bear Island. See the Reservations page to make a reservation.

Group campsite A is open for organized groups. Campers must have transportation to Bear Island; canoe, kayak, or private boat. 

Visitor center hours:  8am – 5pm, closed for lunch 12pm – 1pm, gate hours 8am – 6pm. 

Please see the Hammocks Beach Updates Page or www.ncparks.gov/open for additional information.

 Last updated on: Friday, September 11, 2020


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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: 34.6710, -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:

Open daily:
​8:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • June to August:

Open daily:
8:00am to 6:00pm
 

  • Closed Christmas Day
     

Ferry
 

There is currently no ferry service to Bear Island due to COVID-19. Please check back here for updates.
 


 

 

 

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.

 

HEY KIDS! WANNA LEARN HOW TO BE A NORTH CAROLINA JUNIOR RANGER?
 

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. Every day is a new activity with the ranger. And it's free!
 

SPACE IS LIMITED. Contact Ranger Renee to register: renee.evans@ncparks.gov
 

Due to the Governor's new Executive Order social distancing is encouraged and face masks must be worn whenever social distancing of 6 feet can't be maintained.
 

Date of Event:
Mon, 09/21/2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

HEY KIDS! WANNA LEARN HOW TO BE A NORTH CAROLINA JUNIOR RANGER?
 

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. Every day is a new activity with the ranger. And it's free!
 

SPACE IS LIMITED. Contact Ranger Renee to register: renee.evans@ncparks.gov
 

Due to the Governor's new Executive Order social distancing is encouraged and face masks must be worn whenever social distancing of 6 feet can't be maintained.
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

HEY KIDS! WANNA LEARN HOW TO BE A NORTH CAROLINA JUNIOR RANGER?
 

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. Every day is a new activity with the ranger. And it's free!
 

SPACE IS LIMITED. Contact Ranger Renee to register: renee.evans@ncparks.gov
 

Due to the Governor's new Executive Order social distancing is encouraged and face masks must be worn whenever social distancing of 6 feet can't be maintained.
 

Date of Event:
Wed, 09/23/2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

HEY KIDS! WANNA LEARN HOW TO BE A NORTH CAROLINA JUNIOR RANGER?
 

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. Every day is a new activity with the ranger. And it's free!
 

SPACE IS LIMITED. Contact Ranger Renee to register: renee.evans@ncparks.gov
 

Due to the Governor's new Executive Order social distancing is encouraged and face masks must be worn whenever social distancing of 6 feet can't be maintained.
 

Date of Event:
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

HEY KIDS! WANNA LEARN HOW TO BE A NORTH CAROLINA JUNIOR RANGER?
 

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. Every day is a new activity with the ranger. And it's free!
 

SPACE IS LIMITED. Contact Ranger Renee to register: renee.evans@ncparks.gov
 

Due to the Governor's new Executive Order social distancing is encouraged and face masks must be worn whenever social distancing of 6 feet can't be maintained.
 

Date of Event:
Fri, 09/25/2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center