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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


There is currently no ferry service to Bear Island due to COVID-19. Please check back here for updates.




Hammocks Beach Updates

Trails, mainland restrooms and Bear Island bathhouse with potable water are open daily.  The boat ramp for cash payments and annual pass holders is open, Bear Island is open for private boat access for day use.  Bear Island campsites are CLOSED from August 2 - 5, 2020 due to impacts from Hurricane Isaias and will reopen for campers with transportation to Bear Island August 6, 2020.  NO FERRY service to Bear Island, no credit card payments for boat ramp use, and Visitor Center closed.  Please see for additional information.


Hammocks Beach State Park Facilities Status

The mainland area and hiking trails are open. Visitor Center is closed, gate hours: 8am-7pm.  Mainland restrooms are open and can be accessed from the outdoor entrances.  Bear, Huggins, Dudley’s, and Jones Islands are open for day use and accessible by canoe, kayak, or private boat only.

Ferry Service Closed

Currently there is no ferry service to Bear Island.  Ferry operations for 2020 are suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19.   Please check for updates.  

2020 annual passes are available now for $90 and are good for up to 6 ferry tickets (if ferry service is resumed), or a boat launch daily.  Information on the annual pass, how to purchase, additional uses, and rules and restrictions, please see

Bear Island Bathhouse Restrooms Open with Potable Water

Restrooms are available for campers and day visitors, along with drinking water at the Bear Island Bathhouse.  

Bear Island Boardwalk is closed.  Beach access is gained at the end of the path.  Please use caution as access is used by park vehicles entering and leaving beachfront.

No lifeguards on duty Swim at your own risk and use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time.

Bear Island Concession Stand Closed.  Please bring any drinks and snacks with you when visiting Bear Island.    

Kayak Launch is Open for Use

The kayak launch is 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 (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 is Open – Cash and Annual Pass Holders Only

The boat ramp in the maintenance area is open for cash per use and annual pass holders during park hours only.  There are five (5) parking spaces allocated for trailer parking and a permit must be obtained and a boat ramp fee paid ($7) to use the boat ramp.  Please note that all park vessels and emergency vessels will have priority use.


Camping is CLOSED from August 2, 2020 - August 5, 2020 due to impacts from Hurricane Isaias.  Camping will reopen August 6, 2020.

Bear Island Beachfront campsites 1-11 and Boat-In Only campsites 12-14 are available for reservation.  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. 

Please note there is no ferry service to/from Bear Island, and it will not be operational during phase two of the reopening plan.  We hope to have ferry service in phase three however there is no timeline.  Please see for additional information. Campers who wish to access camping will need to secure transportation to Bear Island by canoe, kayak, or private boat.

No open fires are not permitted anywhere on Bear Island and use a red lense when walking the beach front at night.

Beachfront campsites 1-11 open year-round accessed by seasonal ferry service (when operational), canoe, kayak, private boat.    

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

Bear Island Group Sites CLOSED.  Please see camping page for additional group camp information

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