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Status of Park Facilities as of March 2, 2021   

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island does not operate in January, February, or March.  Park staff hope to operate a regular ferry schedule beginning sometime in May 2021.

Beachside campsites 3-11 are currently CLOSED due to beach erosion.  During periods of high tide there is no beachfront and campsites are inaccessible and may be unsafe. 

Visitor center, trails, mainland restrooms, and boat ramp are open daily.  Masks must be worn in buildings and social distancing should be practiced. 

The bathhouse on Bear Island is closed and winterized, this includes rest room facilities and potable water.  Barring any unforeseen repairs or freeze warnings, the bathhouse will open on March 15, 2021.

Bear Island is open for day use and Bear Island sound-side campsites and Sites 1 and 2 on the beachfront are open for campers with transportation to the island. Campers must bring all necessities with them. See the Reservations page to make a reservation.  Please note open fires are not permitted anywhere on Bear Island.

Group campsite A is open for organized groups. Campers must have transportation to Bear Island, by 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 for additional information.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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Contact the park



Visitor center

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.6710, -77.1429



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


  • September to May:

Open daily:
​8:00am to 5:00pm

  • June to August:

Open daily:
8:00am to 6:00pm

  • Closed Christmas Day


Ferry service is not available in the off-season. Please check back in the spring for the 2021 ferry schedule.





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.


Come out to the park with your doggies and enjoy this ranger-guided hike along 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 front of the Visitor Center.

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

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

Date of Event:
Sun, 03/07/2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join us at the park for blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross. Help save lives by donating blood today!  Every little bit helps so many people.

Covid-19 guidelines will be strictly in place for everyone’s safety.


Date of Event:
Sun, 03/07/2021 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Springtime is here and all the plants and animals are waking up to this warmer weather… especially the frogs and toads in the park!  Join a ranger to learn about some of our croaking critters and what you can do in your own yard to make a home for them too.

Meet at the Ferry Waiting Station.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/13/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Mainland Ferry Waiting Station

It’s springtime and the skies are getting busy with the annual spring bird migration as they are heading north for the summer.  This is a great time to hear and see birds that you normally wouldn’t as they pass through coastal North Carolina.  Join a ranger to learn about this annual event of our feathery friends!

Meet on the back deck of the Visitor Center.

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

Date of Event:
Mon, 03/15/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Back Deck

Places like Hammocks Beach State Park offer so many discoveries to enjoy!  Join a ranger as we look at some of these findings from the park.  From beach life to discoveries in the woods there is always something neat to see!

Meet at the Mainland Ferry Waiting Station.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/20/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Mainland Ferry Waiting Station