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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8:00am
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Hammocks Beach Updates

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 open. 

Bear Island is open for day use and some camping is available on a first com first served basis. However, there are no restrooms, potable water, no concession, and no drinking water 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 the mainland and Bear Island ferry docks 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 when the ferry was not in service.  However, the dock manufacturer, located in Florida, 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 August 2019.

Kayak Launch Open

The kayak launch is now open for use along with all the paddle trails.  The five paddle trails are all remarked and open for adventure.  Huggins Island loop trail: 6 miles round trip, Bear Inlet trail: 5.6 miles one way, Bear Island trail: 2.7 miles one way, Queen's Creek trail: 0.7 miles one way, Trout Channel spur: 0.4 miles, one way.  

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.


Group Camping and Some Beachfront Campsites Closed through July 31, 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 are open now that the kayak launch and Bear Island paddle trail 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 Day-Of Camping Only

The boat-in, sound-side campsites are open for day of first come, first served camping only.  However, there are no showers, restrooms or drinking water on Bear Island. Campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. All campers must be aware that the only transportation to Bear Island is by private boat, canoe, or kayak.  

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 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

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1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584



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