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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: 34.671, -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:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
    daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

►    FERRY SCHEDULE


 

No Ferry Service Bathhouse Closed and...   

There is no ferry service January – March 2020.  Ferry service for the 2020 season is scheduled to begin Friday, April 3, 2020.  Currently, access to Bear Island is available by canoe, kayak, private boat, or private water taxi.  The bathhouse on Bear Island, with rest room facilities and potable water, is closed and winterized.  Camping is permitted but campers must bring all necessities with them including drinking water. Campsites 9 - 11 are currently closed through 3/15/2020 due to beach erosion.  Open fires are not permitted at any time.  Barring freezing temperatures or maintenance issues, the bathhouse will reopen on March 16, 2020. All facilities on the mainland are open including the trails, kayak launch, and boat ramp. 

Please see Hammocks Beach Updates for additional information.

 Last updated on: Friday, January 3, 2020

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.


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