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Hammocks Beach Updates as of 11/18/2020

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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


Ferry service is not available in the off-season. Please check back in the spring for the 2021 ferry schedule.





Hammocks Beach Updates as of 11/18/2020

Update of Hammocks Beach State Park Facilities Status

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island has ENDED for the 2020 season.  Park staff hope to operate the regular ferry schedule beginning in April, 2021.  Visitor center, trails, mainland restrooms, and boat ramp are open daily.  Masks must be worn in buildings and social distancing should be practiced. The bathhouse on Bear Island is currently CLOSED and winterized, this includes rest room facilities and potable water.  Bear Island is open for day use and Bear Island campsites are open for campers with transportation to the island.  Campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water.  See the Reservations page to make a reservation.  Group campsite A is open for organized groups. Campers must have transportation to Bear Island; by canoe, kayak, or private boat.  Visitor center hours:  8am – 5pm, closed for lunch 12pm – 1pm, gate hours 8am – 6pm. Please see for additional information


Hammocks Beach State Park Facilities Status

The mainland area and hiking trails are open. Visitor Center is open from 8am – 5pm, closed 12-1pm for lunch, gate hours: 8am-6pm.  Masks are required to enter buildings and social distancing should be practiced.  Mainland restrooms are open and can be accessed through the visitor center or 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 to Bear Island has ENDED for the 2020 season.  Park staff hope to be able to run the regular ferry schedule beginning in April, 2021.

The Bear Island bathhouse is now CLOSED and winterized, this includes rest room facilities and potable water.  Barring any freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, the bathhouse will reopen in mid-March 2021.

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 for use, please go to visitor center to obtain a pass and pay fee.  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.  **Park vessels and emergency vessels will have priority use. 


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

With a very active hurricane season, beach erosion has eroded about 2 feet of beachfront and during some high tide periods, access to the beachfront campsites may be limited. 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.  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.  Bear Island is trash free so please pack out trash and take with you off the island.

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 Site A is open for reservation.  Group sites B and C are CLOSED due to storm damage, staff anticipate opening these group sites in February.  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

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Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 1:30pm
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 5:30pm