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1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.671, -77.1429




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


  • September to May:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day



Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park

Hammocks Beach Updates

Hammocks Beach State Park Facilities Status

The mainland area, visitor center, 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 at a cost of $90 and are good for 6 ferry tickets or a boat launch daily.  Pass may be used at other parks, see for additional uses, rules and restrictions.

Bear Island Bathhouse Closed and Winterized.

The Bathhouse with drinking water, restroom facilities, and showers for our campers is closed and winterized.  Barring any freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, will reopen on March 16, 2020.  

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 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 through 3/15/2020 due to beach erosion.  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 ferry service has ended for the 2019 season and will resume in April 2020, the bathhouse is winterized and there are no restrooms and no drinking water on the island.  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