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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of Park Facilities as of August 13, 2022   

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend ferry service to Bear Island operates daily.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday hourly and Thursday through Sunday every 30 minutes from 9:30 until 5:30. Please see the 2022 ferry schedule link for the complete schedule of departure days and times.  Ferry tickets are sold in person on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no reservations for the ferry. Please see ferry sales and boarding procedure for additional information.  Tickets can sell out early in the day on weekends, plan to arrive early in the day to purchase tickets. Pets are not permitted on the ferry.

Visitor center, exhibit hall, trails, restrooms, and the boat ramp are open daily.  Masks are optional in all park buildings. 

Bear Island bathhouse restroom facilities are open daily with potable (drinkable) water. 

Beachside and sound side campsites are open.  Beachside campsites can be accessed by ferry, when operating, canoe, kayak, or private boat.  Sound side campsites are accessible only by canoe, kayak, or private boat.  Please see the Reservations page to make a reservation.  Open fires are not permitted anywhere on Bear Island.

The concession stand is OPEN daily through Labor Day weekend with drinks and snacks and is CASH ONLY.

Lifeguards are on duty weekends only as staffing permits through Labor Day weekend.  Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as strong currents and rip currents can occur at any time. 

Visitor center hours:  8am – 6pm, Gate Hours 8am – 7pm. 

 Last updated on: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Lifeguards on Duty Weekends Only through Labor Day   

There will be no lifeguards on duty Monday - Friday through September 5, 2022.  Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as strong currents and rip currents can occur at any time.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 Last updated on: Saturday, August 13, 2022


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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 SCHEDULE 2022

FERRY TICKET SALES AND BOARDING PROCEDURE INFORMATION


 

 

 

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

Hammocks Beach State Park is currently accepting applications for the following seasonal positions:

 

Status of park facilities

Prior to your visit, please visit the Hammocks Beach Facility Update for more information on ferry service, camping, and more.

View the 2022 ferry schedule »

 


Current weather
 

28584 Swansboro, NC

 


 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, August 15, 2022 - 9:30am
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 2:00pm
Friday, August 19, 2022 - 9:00pm

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