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Bear Island Trail

Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
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Current status of park facilities   

Trails, mainland restrooms, and 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. Camping is also open for campers with transportation. NO FERRY service to Bear Island, no credit card or check payments for boat ramp use, and Visitor Center closed.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Bear Island Trail

Bear Island Trail at Hammocks Beach State Park

Saltmarsh paddle affected by strong currents, tide changes, and wind. Portage possibilities at low tide.

Trail Location: 
Starts at the kayak launch and ends at the Bear Island campsites
Trail Length: 
2.60 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
moderate paddle
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
water (paddle trail)
Trail Blaze: 
white over orange

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Contact the park



Visitor center

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


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