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Hammocks Beach Facility Update

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1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.6710, -77.1429



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


  • September to May:

Open daily:
​8:00am to 5:00pm

  • June to August:

Open daily:
8:00am to 6:00pm

  • Closed Christmas Day






Hammocks Beach Facility Update

Hammocks Beach State Park Facilities Status as of January 24, 2022:

The mainland area and hiking trails are open. Visitor Center and exhibit hall is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Gate hours: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.  Masks are required when inside park buildings.  Mainland restrooms are open and can be accessed through the visitor center or outdoor entrances.  Bear Island is open for day use and some camping for visitors with transportation to Bear Island, Huggins, Dudley’s, and Jones islands are open for day use and accessible by canoe, kayak, or private boat only.

Beachside campsites 1-10 are CLOSED through March 12, 2022, due to beach erosion from a recent storm. Campsite 11 along the beach side and sound side campsites 12-14 remain open but can ONLY be reached through the kayak trail access on the sound side of Bear Island. Campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island does not operate November 2021 through March 2022. Ferry Service to Bear Island is scheduled to resume the first weekend in April 2022.  Please note: Ferry tickets are sold in person on a first-come, first-served basis.  There are no reservations for the ferry. 

Bear Island Bathhouse Restrooms: CLOSED and winterized through mid-March 2022.  There is no potable (drinkable) water and no restrooms on Bear Island.

Concessions: Bear Island concession stand is closed and will re-open Memorial Day weekend.        

Lifeguards: Bear Island will have lifeguards on duty beginning Memorial Day weekend.  Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time.

Kayak Launch and Paddle Trails: Open for use.  The five paddle trails are all marked and open for adventure.  Huggins Island Loop Trail: 6 miles round trip (difficult); Bear Inlet Trail: 5.6 miles one way (difficult); Bear Island Trail: 2.7 miles one way (moderate); Queen's Creek Trail: 0.7 miles one way (easy); Trout Channel Spur: 0.4 miles, one way (moderate). Please see the paddle trail map and Hammocks Beach Trails page for additional information.

Boat Ramp: Boat ramp in the maintenance area is open daily for use. There are five parking spaces allocated for trailer parking. You must obtain a permit at the Visitor Center and pay the boat ramp fee ($7), all boaters must call the park office for instructions on fee payment and to receive a vehicle parking pass.  **Please note park vessels and emergency vessels always have priority use of the boat ramp.

King Tides:  Bear Island beachfront campsites will be closed during “king tide" events”.  A king tide occurs when the sun, earth, and moon align, resulting in exceptionally high tides.  Beach erosion from hurricanes and winter storms reduced the Bear Island primary dunes. During king tides, ocean waves reach the dunes, restricting access to the beachfront campsites for extended periods of time.  King tide closure dates 2022: May 15 – 19, 2022; June 12 – 15, 2022; and July 11 – 15, 2022.

Camping reservations can be made 11 months in advance on-line and through the call center.  Please see the Reservations page for additional information and to make a reservation. 

Open fires are not permitted anywhere on Bear Island.  Bear Island is trash free so please pack out trash and take with you off the island.

Boat-in Only Sound Side Campsites open year-round are accessed by canoe, kayak, private boat ONLY.  There is no access to the bathhouse from these campsites.

Group campsites A, B, and C are open for organized groups only.  Please see camping page for additional group camp information.

Questions can be directed to the park office at or 910.326.4881. 

Media inquiries: Contact Katie Hall, Public Information Officer for the Division of Parks and Recreation at 919-817-3752 or