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Mainland Area, Bear Island Re-opened Day Use Only   

The visitor center and the mainland area reopened on October 1, 2018. The 0.5-mile loop TRACK Trail on the mainland reopened on October 20, 2018. The kayak launch is closed, and kayak trails remain closed. The boat ramp remains closed. Bear Island is open for day use only. Huggins Island and Jones Island are both closed. There is no ferry service for the rest of the season. All campsites closed through December 31, 2018. Please see Bear Island Current Information for campsite reopening information.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Trails

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

 

Beach
Location: Bear Island
Description:

While Hammocks Beach State Park doesn't have designated walking trails, the beach is always available for hikes.

Point of Interest: Ocean, tidal pools, mudflats, salt marshes, dunes.
Length:
4.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Sand
Bear Island Trail
Location: Starts at the kayak launch and ends at the Bear Island campsites
Description:
Point of Interest:
Length:
2.60 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Blaze:
white over orange
Bear Island Trail at Hammocks Beach State Park
Surface:
Huggins Island Trail
Location: Starts and ends at the kayak launch
Description:

The trail circles Huggins Island.

Point of Interest:
Length:
6.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Blaze:
yellow over yellow
Huggins Island Trail at Hammocks Beach State Park
Surface:
Trout Channel Spur Trail
Location: Runs between Bear Island Paddle Trail and the ferry dock on Bear Island
Description:
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Blaze:
blue over orange
Surface:
Contact:

1573 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

910-326-4881
hammocks.beach@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 34.671, -77.1429

 

PARK HOURS:
  • September to May:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 7:00pm

Closed Christmas Day

 

VISITOR CENTER:
  • September to May:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
    daily

Closed Christmas Day

 

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