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Hammocks Beach Current Information

Hammocks Beach State Park continues to recover from damages sustained during Hurricane Florence in September 2018.  Almost every area, building and facility throughout the park sustained damage from the storm.  Please be patient as we work to replace and complete repairs to all facilities.  This page will be updated as facilities open or additional information becomes available, remember to check this page often for updates.

Mainland Area of Park and Bear Island Open

The mainland area, including the visitor center, kayak launch, and the ½ mile loop TRACK trail are now open. 

Bear Island is open for day use and some walk-in camping is available. However, there are no restrooms, potable water, or concessions on Bear Island.The Bathhouse with restroom facilities and potable water remains closed and we do not yet have an opening date for these facilitiesVisitors to Bear Island must carry water and food with them.

Huggins, and Jones Islands remain closed and we do not yet have an opening date for these islands.

Ferry Service Closed for Part of 2019

Both of the docks on the mainland and Bear Island were damaged and not safe. Ferry service for the 2019 season will not resume until the dock replacement construction project is completed.  Fortunately, plans were already in place to rebuild the docks when the ferry was not in service.  However, the dock manufacturer is located in Florida and was affected by both Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. This delayed the manufacture of the docks and delayed the completion of the construction project.  We estimate that ferry service could resume sometime in July 2019.

Kayak Launch Open

The kayak launch has been repaired and is now open for use. The 2.6-mile Bear Island Paddle Trail is open with trail markers in place. Please note that the Huggins Island and Trout Channel paddle trails are not well marked as 70% of the trail markers were lost during the hurricane. Paddlers should be aware of their surroundings and paddle at their own risk. 

Boat Ramp Remains Closed

The boat ramp in the maintenance area is closed as the area is serving as an equipment staging and launching area for the dock construction project.

Camping 

Beachfront, Group Camping Closed through June 30, 2019

Storm surge from Hurricane Florence swept away the primary dunes and portions of the secondary dunes along with the beachfront campsites on Bear Island. Some campsites may open once the kayak launch and paddle trails are restored while others 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.  

Boat-in Sound Side Campsites Open for Walk-In Day-Of Camping Only

The boat-in, sound-side campsites are open for walk-in day of camping only.  However, there are no restrooms or drinking water on Bear Island. Campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. The 2.6-mile Bear Island Paddle Trail is open with trail markers in place.  Please note that the Huggins Island and Trout Channel paddle trails are not well marked as most of the trail markers were lost during the hurricane. Paddlers should be aware of their surroundings and paddle at their own risk. 

Please be patient while park staff work to safely relocate and reopen all Bear Island campsites and restore amenities to the island.

Questions can be directed to the park office at hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov or 910.326.4881. 

Media inquiries should be sent to Katie Hall, Public Information Officer for the Division of Parks and Recreation at 919-817-3752 or katie.hall@ncparks.gov.

Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

910-326-4881
hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov

 

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