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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of park facilities as of August 4    

Hammocks Beach State Park is now open after Hurricane Isaias.  Trails, mainland restrooms and Bear Island bathhouse with potable water are open daily.  The boat ramp for cash payments and annual pass holders is open, Bear Island is open for private boat access for day use and Bear Island campsites are CLOSED through August 5, 2020.  Camping will reopen for campers with transportation to Bear Island on Thursday, August 6, 2020.  NO FERRY service to Bear Island, no credit card or check payments for boat ramp use, and Visitor Center closed.  Please see for additional information.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Camping Reopens August 6th from Hurricane Isaias   

Camping at Hammocks Beach State Park remains closed through Wednesday, August 5, 2020 due to impacts from Hurricane Isaias. Camping will reopen for campers with transportation to Bear Island on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Please contact the park at 910-326-4881 or with questions or for more information.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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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


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




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.


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





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Hammocks Beach Updates

Click here prior to your visit to Hammocks Beach State Park for the latest information on the ferry and amenities at Bear Island.