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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of Park Facilities as of January 5, 2021   

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island does not operate in January, February, or March.  Park staff hope to operate the regular ferry schedule beginning in April 2021.

Beachside campsites 1-11 are currently CLOSED due to beach erosion.  During periods of high tide there is no beachfront and campsites are inaccessible and may be unsafe. 

Visitor center, trails, mainland restrooms, and boat ramp are open daily.  Masks must be worn in buildings and social distancing should be practiced. 

The bathhouse on Bear Island is CLOSED and winterized, this includes rest room facilities and potable water. 

Bear Island is open for day use and Bear Island sound-side campsites are open for campers with transportation to the island. Campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.  See the Reservations page to make a reservation.  Please note open fires are not permitted anywhere on Bear Island.

Group campsite A is open for organized groups. Campers must have transportation to Bear Island, by canoe, kayak, or private boat. 

Visitor center hours:  8am – 5pm, closed for lunch 12pm – 1pm, gate hours 8am – 6pm. 

Please see the Hammocks Beach Updates Page or www.ncparks.gov/open for additional information.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, January 5, 2021


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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 service is not available in the off-season. Please check back in the spring for the 2021 ferry schedule.

 


 

 

 

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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 to repairs and replacements to various facilities 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: 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.

 

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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 5:30pm
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 2:00pm
Friday, January 22, 2021 - 2:00pm