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Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 8:30am
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 1:00pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:30pm
October Ferry Schedule Weekends Only   

The October ferry schedule is Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays hourly and departing the mainland from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and departing Bear Island from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Please see the ferry schedule link for the complete schedule. The last day of ferry service for the year is October 27, 2019.  The bathhouse is open through November 15, 2019.  The concession stand is closed and there are no lifeguards on duty for the remainder of the 2019 season. 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: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Park News

Each of North Carolina’s state parks has special events during the year and news about facilities, trails, staff and park supporters. And, visitors are frequently finding new ways to explore a park’s unique cultural and natural resources. Check these pages to keep abreast of the news at your favorite parks.

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.


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: 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.


Ask a Ranger: Here Fishy, Fishy

During this episode, we discuss the North Carolina State Parks education theme for 2018 — the year of the FISH!!! We talk with Ranger Brian Swanson about fish and fun crafts you can do with — you guessed it — FISH! Who knew there were crafts you can do with actual fish?


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Park office

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.671, -77.1429



  • September to May:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • September to May:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day