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Status of Park Facilities as of November 18, 2020   

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island has ENDED for the 2020 season.  Park staff hope to operate the regular ferry schedule beginning in April, 2021.

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 currently CLOSED and winterized, this includes rest room facilities and potable water. 

Bear Island is open for day use and Bear Island campsites are open for campers with transportation to the island. Campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.  See the Reservations page to make a reservation.

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 www.ncparks.gov/open for additional information.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, November 18, 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
 

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

 


 

 

 

Hammocks Beach State Park

A crown jewel of the North Carolina coast and Hammocks Beach State Park is Bear Island—a 4-mile-long, undeveloped barrier island accessible by the park’s passenger ferry or private ferry, or by paddling a canoe or kayak. A wide beach between massive dunes and the ocean is interrupted only by primitive campsites and a modest concession/picnic complex. The park’s mainland gateway offers a full-service visitor center and is the launch site for ferry service, canoes or kayaks. Rent or bring your own kayaks, canoes or paddleboards to explore paddling trails leading to marshes, Bear Island or Huggins Island, which is graced with unspoiled maritime forest. Interpretive programs and extensive exhibits teach about park ecology and wildlife including endangered sea turtles and nesting shorebirds.
 


Reservations
 

Find and book a campsite or facility online

Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762
 


Notices and alerts
 

Status of park facilities

Prior to your visit, please visit the Bear Island Current Information page for more information on ferry service, camping, and more.
 


Current weather
 

28584 Swansboro, NC

 


 

 

 

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 1:30pm
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 5:30pm

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