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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 for Day Use

The visitor center and the mainland area are open along with the ½-mile loop TRACK trail.  Bear Island is open for DAY USE ONLY.  Huggins, and Jones Islands remain closed, there is no anticipated opening date for the islands.

There is currently NO SCHEDULED OPEN DATE for the bathhouse for potable water and restroom facilities.  Buildings on Bear Island were flooded and must be inspected by utility technicians before power can be restored on Bear Island to assess for damages to the buildings and systems.

Ferry Service Delayed for 2019

Both the docks on the mainland and Bear Island were damaged and no longer 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 over the next several months.  However, the dock manufacturer is 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 will resume in July 2019.

Kayak Launch and Boat Ramp Closed

The kayak launch is closed indefinitely as the launch was damaged beyond repair.  All kayak trails remain closed. There are plans in development for the replacement, but there is no estimate for when replacement will be complete yet.  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 Closed through June 30, 2019

Beachfront, group, and sound-side campsites remain closed until further notice. Storm surge from Hurricane Florence swept away the primary dunes and portions of the secondary dunes along with the beachfront campsites on Bear Island.  The boat-in only, sound-side campsites are dependent on Bear Island accessibility and the availability of the kayak launch and paddle trails.  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.  

The dock construction project, lack of a kayak launch and marked paddle trails, and lack of ferry service have combined to create unprecedented safety concerns for overnight campers on Bear Island.  Please be patient while park staff work to safely relocate and reopen all Bear Island campsites.

Please contact the park office at or 910.326.4881 with any questions. Media inquiries should be sent to Katie Hall, Public Information Officer for Division of Parks and Recreation at 919-817-3752 or



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1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584



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