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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of Park Facilities as of March 2, 2021   

FERRY SERVICE to Bear Island does not operate in January, February, or March.  Park staff hope to operate a regular ferry schedule beginning sometime in May 2021.

Beachside campsites 3-11 are currently CLOSED due to beach erosion.  During periods of high tide there is no beachfront and campsites are inaccessible and may be unsafe. 

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 closed and winterized, this includes rest room facilities and potable water.  Barring any unforeseen repairs or freeze warnings, the bathhouse will open on March 15, 2021.

Bear Island is open for day use and Bear Island sound-side campsites and Sites 1 and 2 on the beachfront 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. 

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: Tuesday, March 2, 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
 

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

 


 

 

 

List of trails

Enjoy three well-marked paddle trails, ranging from 200 yards to more than six miles.

 


Beach at Bear Island
Location: Bear Island

Description:

While Bear Island does not have designated walking trails, the beach is always available for hikes. There are also trails available on the mainland.


Surface: sand

Length:
4.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:

Bear Inlet Trail
Location: Starts at the kayak launch to Bear Island ending at Bear Inlet on the western side of the island

Description:

Saltmarsh paddle considered difficult due to length, strong currents, and proximity to powerboat channels.


Surface: water (paddle trail)

Length:
5.60 miles
one way
Difficulty:
difficult paddle
Blaze:
orange over white

Bear Island Trail
Location: Starts at the kayak launch and ends at the Bear Island campsites

Description:

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


Surface: water (paddle trail)

Length:
2.60 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate paddle
Blaze:
white over orange

Coastal Fringe Trail
Location: Spurs off the Evergreen Trail

Description:

Coastal upland forest trail with three boardwalks across wet drainages


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.80 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
red circles

Evergreen Trail
Location: Spurs off the Live Oak Trail

Description:

Coastal evergreen forest trail that will soon connect through to the FFA Camp Road


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
blue circles