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Bear Island Current Information


Mainland Area of Park and Bear Island Re-opened

The visitor center and the mainland area reopened on October 1, 2018. Bear Island is open for DAY USE ONLY. Huggins and Jones islands remain closed. The 0.5-mile loop TRACK trail is open on the mainland.

There is currently NO SCHEDULED OPENING DATE for the bathhouse for potable water and restroom facilities.


Ferry Service Closed for 2018

Ferry service is closed for the 2018 season as docks on both the mainland and Bear Island are damaged. Docks are scheduled to be rebuilt over the next several months.


Kayak Launch and Boat Ramp Closed

The kayak launch is closed INDEFINITELY as the launch was damaged beyond repair. All kayak trails remain closed as well. The boat ramp at maintenance remains closed due to storm debris and upcoming dock construction.


Soundside Campsites Open January 1, 2019, SOME Beach Front Campsites Open April 5, 2019

All campsites on Bear Island were eroded away and will be relocated. The storm surge from Hurricane Florence swept away the primary dunes and portions of the secondary dunes, along with all the campsites on Bear Island. The sites will open on a graduated scale as the primary dunes build up to allow for the relocation of campsites without endangering the ecosystem of Bear Island.


Tentative Campsite Openings:

*Boat-In Only: Campsites 12, 13, and 14: Opening scheduled for January 1, 2019. NOTE:  NO ACCESS BY FERRY

*Bear Island Beach Front Campsites: Opening scheduled beginning on April 5, 2019.  Campsites will not be in the same location as prior to Hurricane Florence.  Campsites will be opened as locations become available to safely reopen a campsite without endangering the balance of the Bear Island ecosystem. 

*Group Camping is closed until further notice.

*ALL opening dates are TENTATIVE and subject to change.  ALL BEACH FRONT CAMPSITES WILL BE WALK IN - DAY OF ONLY until further noticePlease be patient while park staff work to relocate and reopen all Bear Island campsites.


Please contact the park office at or 910-326-4881 with any questions.


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1573 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584



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  • September to May:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
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    8:00am to 7:00pm

Closed Christmas Day


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  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm

Closed Christmas Day