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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.

 Posted 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.

 

It’s turkey time!  Come out to the park and join a ranger as we explore the natural history of this quirky bird that was almost chosen as our country’s national symbol & how it has influenced our culture.
 

Date of Event:
Tue, 11/13/2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Learn about the natural wonders and local history during this 90 to 120 minute interpretive cruise around Swansboro and the Hammocks Beach State Park islands.  You will discover some of the local wildlife and learn about the unique history of the park and of the Swansboro area.

Cost: monetary donation per passenger benefiting the Friends of Hammocks and Bear Island (FHBI).  For more information or to make a reservation, visit FHBI.org.

 

Date of Event:
Wed, 11/14/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a ranger to learn about some of the more common animal tracks and scat that can be found here in coastal North Carolina.  You will get a chance to go out in the woods and check out some pictures captured by one of the park's wildlife cameras!

 

Date of Event:
Fri, 11/16/2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Learn about the natural wonders and local history during this 90 to 120 minute interpretive cruise around Swansboro and the Hammocks Beach State Park islands.  You will discover some of the local wildlife and learn about the unique history of the park and of the Swansboro area.

Cost: monetary donation per passenger benefiting the Friends of Hammocks and Bear Island (FHBI).  For more information or to make a reservation, visit FHBI.org.

 

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/17/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

If you don’t know a knot... tie a lot!  Come to the park and learn how to properly tie knots that will come in handy in your everyday life.  There are so many different ways to make a piece of rope so useful in your life!!

 

Date of Event:
Sat, 11/17/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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

 

FERRY SCHEDULE