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Kayaking at Hammocks Beach State Park
Status of Park Facilities as of September 11, 2020   

NO FERRY service to Bear Island.

Visitor center, trails, restrooms, boat ramp, and Bear Island bathhouse with potable water are open daily.  Masks must be worn in buildings and social distancing should be practiced. 

Bear Island is open for private boat access for day use and Bear Island campsites are open for campers with transportation to Bear Island. See the Reservations page to make a reservation.

Group campsite A is open for organized groups. Campers must have transportation to Bear Island; 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: Friday, September 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.
 


 

 

 

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