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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of park facilities as of June 11   

Trails, mainland restrooms, and the 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, and Bear Island campsites are open as of May 22, 2020 for campers with transportation to Bear Island.

NO FERRY service to Bear Island, no credit card payments for boat ramp use, and visitor center closed.

Please see https://www.ncparks.gov/open for additional information.

 Last updated on: Thursday, June 11, 2020


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Contact the park
 

910-326-4881

hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

1572 Hammock Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.6710, -77.1429
 

Hours
 

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

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  • September to May:

Open daily:
​8:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • June to August:

Open daily:
8:00am to 6:00pm
 

  • Closed Christmas Day
     

Ferry
 

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


 

 

 

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Ask a Ranger: Water Safety

Our guest for this episode of the Ask a Ranger Podcast is the stupendous Ranger Jake from Hammocks Beach State Park. In this episode, we cover the basics of what you need to have a safe and fantastic trip on your next canoe, kayak or paddleboard excursion.

 

Ask a Ranger: Here Fishy, Fishy

During this episode, we discuss the North Carolina State Parks education theme for 2018 — the year of the FISH!!! We talk with Ranger Brian Swanson about fish and fun crafts you can do with — you guessed it — FISH! Who knew there were crafts you can do with actual fish?

 

Ask a Ranger: Camping

The peace of the woods, the crackle of the campfire, trying different s'mores recipes — who amongst us doesn't love camping? From its past as a necessary part of exploration to its present status as an excursion and break from our daily lives, camping is something that is held near and dear by most people who do it. Whether you enjoy camping in a van or living out of a backpack for a week, camping is personal and treasured by us all. In this podcast, we discuss everything from wearing socks while sleeping to a perfect camping environment. Join Rangers Jess and Crystal and guest Ranger Brian as we discuss the finer side of camping and maybe even share a couple of our favorite camping hacks to make your experience even better.

 

2018 Seasonal Job Opportunities

2018 Seasonal Job Opportunities
 
Are you interested in working at one of North Carolina’s beautiful state parks on the coast? Do you enjoy beautiful views and working with the public? Apply to join our staff at Hammocks Beach State Park and join us at the beach this summer.   
 
Hammocks Beach State Park is currently accepting applications for the 2018 summer season through March 15, 2018 unless the search period is extended.
 
Season begins: April 2018
Season ends:  October 2018