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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Trails, mainland restrooms, and the 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 open as of May 22, 2020 for campers with transportation to Bear Island.

NO FERRY service to Bear Island, no credit card payments for boat ramp use, and visitor center closed.

Please see https://www.ncparks.gov/open for additional information.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 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
 

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


 

 

 

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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.

 

Ask a Ranger: Sea Turtle Internship at Hammocks Beach State Park

Ranger Renee is back to sit down with us and let us in on one of NC State Parks' coolest opportunities for students – a sea turtle summer internship! Listen in to find out how you can be a part of helping the critically endangered loggerhead turtles.

 

Final Public Notice: Hammocks Beach State Park FEMA Project

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has applied for FEMA Public Assistance Program funding through the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub-recipient for repairs to two kayak docks and a walkway at Hammocks Beach State Park. Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project.

 

Ask a Ranger: Maggie the Dolphin

Ranger Renee Evans talks about her discovery of a dolphin that washed up on the shores of Bear Island and the steps her and others are taking to use the dolphin's skeleton as an educational tool for Hammocks Beach State Park.

 

Ask a Ranger: Water Safety

Our guest for this episode of the Ask a Ranger Podcast is the stupendous Ranger Jake from Hammocks Beach State Park. In this episode, we cover the basics of what you need to have a safe and fantastic trip on your next canoe, kayak or paddleboard excursion.