Click here prior to your visit to Hammocks Beach State Park for the latest information on the ferry and amenities at Bear Island.
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. Camping is also open for campers with transportation. NO FERRY service to Bear Island, no credit card or check payments for boat ramp use, and Visitor Center closed.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020
1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 6:00pm
There is currently no ferry service to Bear Island due to COVID-19. Please check back here for updates.
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.
Prior to your visit, please visit the Bear Island Current Information page for more information on ferry service, camping, and more.