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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
 

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No Ferry Service Bathhouse Closed and...   

There is no ferry service January – March 2020.  Ferry service for the 2020 season is scheduled to begin Friday, April 3, 2020.  Currently, access to Bear Island is available by canoe, kayak, private boat, or private water taxi.  The bathhouse on Bear Island, with rest room facilities and potable water, is closed and winterized.  Camping is permitted but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. Campsites 3, 9 , & 10 are currently closed through 3/15/2020 due to beach erosion.  Open fires are not permitted at any time.  Barring freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, the bathhouse will reopen on March 16, 2020. All facilities on the mainland are open including the trails, kayak launch, and boat ramp. 

Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

 Last updated on: Monday, January 27, 2020

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
 

Now hiring for several seasonal positions

Hammocks Beach State Park is now accepting applications for the seasonal positions listed below. Click each link to learn more about the position and how to apply.

 

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.
 


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Latest park news:

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.