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Status of Park Facilities as of April 3, 2021   

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island will not operate in April due to COVID-19. Beginning May 12, 2021 ferry service will operate on a COVID-19 modified scheduleCapacity is limited to a maximum of 20 passengers per trip.  Day use passengers depart to Bear Island in the morning and tickets will have a set return time in the afternoon.  Campers will depart to Bear Island on afternoon ferries only. COVID-19 ferry protocols will be followed including wearing masks and social distancing.  Please see the ferry schedule for complete information.

Bear Island bathhouse restroom facilities are open with potable (drinkable) water.

Visitor center, trails, mainland restrooms, and boat ramp are open daily.  Masks must be worn in buildings and social distancing should be practiced. 

Bear Island is open for day use and Bear Island sound-side campsites and beachfront and sound side campsites are open for campers with transportation to the island. Campers must bring all necessities with them. See the Reservations page to make a reservation.  Please note open fires are not permitted anywhere on Bear Island.

Group campsite A is open for organized groups. Campers must have transportation to Bear Island, by canoe, kayak, or private boat. 

Beachside campsites 1-11 will be CLOSED during “King Tide Events”, April 26 – 29, 2021; May 24 – 28, 2021; June 22 – 26, 2021; July 21 – 25, 2021; October 6 – 12, 2021; November 3 – 9, 2021, and December 2 – 7, 2021.A king tide occurs when the sun, earth, and moon align, resulting in exceptionally high tides.  Beach erosion from hurricanes and winter storms, reduced the Bear Island primary dune and during king tides, ocean waves will be at the dunes, restricting access to campsites 1-11 for extended periods of time.

Visitor center hours:  8am – 5pm, closed for lunch 12pm – 1pm, gate hours 8am – 6pm. 

Please see the Hammocks Beach Updates Page or www.ncparks.gov/open for additional information.

 Last updated on: Saturday, April 3, 2021


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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
 

2021 ferry schedule

Current ferry protocols

 


 

 

 

Facilities for rent

In addition to campsites, you can reserve the following facilities at this park:

Please note that some events and activities may require a Special Activity Permit in addition to the fee for use of the facility. Please contact the park office to determine if a Special Activity Permit is required and for the fees associated with the permit.

Gazebo

The gazebo with two picnic tables accomodates 30 people seated with tables and bench along the sides, or 100 people without seating using the lawn area. There is no electricity available in the gazebo area. Restrooms, water fountain and drink machine are nearby. Reservations are required. Please call the park for more information.

Auditorium

The auditorium accommodates 75 people, or 30 people with tables. Audiovisual equipment is available for rent. Restrooms, water fountain and drink machine are nearby. Reservations are required. Please call the park for more information.

Reservation forms and permits


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Hammocks Beach State Park
Facility reservations
Application form (.pdf)


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North Carolina State Parks
Special Activity Permit
Application form (.pdf)