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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 Updates

Update As of March 27, 2020 Hammocks Beach State Park Facilities Status

The Hammocks Beach State Park visitor center, boat ramp, and the campsites at Bear Island are currently closed until further notice.  Campers with existing reservations will be contacted by reservations system staff to receive full refunds.

Trails and restrooms remain open during gate hours from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily.

The ferry service will not resume as scheduled on April 3 and is suspended until further notice.


Hammocks Beach State Park Facilities Status

The mainland area and hiking trails are open. Visitor Center hours:  8am-5pm, gate hours: 8am-6pm.  Bear, Huggins, Dudley’s, and Jones Islands are open for day use and accessible by canoe, kayak, or private boat only.

Ferry Service Closed January – March

Currently there is no ferry service to Bear Island.  Ferry operations for the 2020 season are scheduled to resume April 3, 2020.  Please see the ferry schedule link for the complete schedule.  

2020 annual passes are available now for $90 and are good for up to 6 ferry tickets or a boat launch daily.  Passes can be purchased at the park office or online.  Pass may be used at other parks, see for additional uses, rules and restrictions.

Bear Island Bathhouse Restrooms Opening March 16, 2020. NO POTABLE WATER

Restrooms will be available beginning March 16, 2020, but NO DRINKING WATER is available.  Barring any maintenance issues, we anticipate drinkable water being available in early April. 

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

The boat ramp in the maintenance area is open 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.


Campsites 9-11 are currently closed due to beach erosion.  Park staff will advise when these sites can be accessed.  All beachfront campsites may be difficult to access at times due to beach erosion. 

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 and up until the day before arrival on-line at and through the call center Please see the Reservations page for additional information and to make a reservation. 

Please note that there is no ferry service until April 3, 2020, see the ferry schedule  link for the complete schedule.  Restrooms are available March 16, 2020, but NO DRINKING WATER is available.  Campers must carry all drinking water with them to Bear Island, we anticipate drinkable water being available in early April.  Additionally, open fires are not permitted anywhere on Bear Island.

Beachfront campsites 1-11 open year-round accessed by seasonal ferry service (operational April – October), 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 Open.  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