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Ferry Service, Campsites to Re-Open at Hammocks Beach State Park

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
Release Note: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Friday, August 16, 2019

Ferry Service, Campsites to Re-Open at Hammocks Beach State Park

Raleigh, N.C. - Ferry service will resume at Hammocks Beach State Park in time for Labor Day weekend. Ferry service halted due to damage caused by Hurricane Florence to the ferry dock in Sept. 2018.

Ferry service to Bear Island will be operational beginning Aug. 30. Departures from the mainland will occur every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 2. No ferry service will be offered Sept. 3. 

The full ferry schedule for the remaining months of 2019 is available at  

Amenities on Bear Island remain limited. The boardwalk leading from the bathhouse to the beach is closed. The bathhouse is open and the concession stand will be open through Labor Day. No lifeguards will be on duty for the rest of the season.

Beachfront campsites 1-11 and boat-in campsites 12-14 are available for reservations beginning the night of Aug. 30. Group camp sites are open for reservations by organized groups only.
Jones Island remains closed; Huggins Island is open.  The kayak launch is open for use, and all paddle trails are open. The boat ramp will re-open Aug. 30. 

Visitors with questions about the status of the park’s facilities may contact the park office at or 910-326-4881. Media inquiries should be directed to Katie Hall, Public Information Officer for the Division of Parks and Recreation at 919-817-3752 or

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About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
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