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Bear Island Current Information

Bear Island Ferry Service and Bathhouse Open Daily through Labor Day.
Through Labor Day weekend, ferry service to Bear Island operates hourly Monday and Tuesday and every 1/2 hour Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 9:30 am with the last ferry off Bear Island at 6:00 pm.  Please see the ferry schedule link for the complete schedule. Ferry tickets are sold first come, first served and may sell out early in the day.  Arrive early in the day to purchase tickets.

Indoor showers on Bear Island will be open to campers from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day, and drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are open daily. 

Pets are not permitted on the ferry, also note that carts and wagons are not permitted on the ferry unless collapsible.  The ferry captain reserves the right to refuse or request wagons and carts are emptied until passengers get off the ferry.

Lifeguards Not on Duty Daily.
Lifeguards may not be on duty daily through Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018 in the protect swim area.  Park staff make every effort to ensure lifeguards are on duty in the protected swim area Memorial Day through Labor Day; sometimes at the last moment or circumstances beyond our control, we may not have lifeguards in the protected swim area.  If you have questions about the status of lifeguards, please contact the park office at or 910.326.4881.  Always use extreme caution as rip currents and strong currents can occur at any time.
Concession Stand Open Daily Through Labor Day Weekend.    
The concession stand will be open through Labor Day weekend with drinks and snacks for sale, CASH ONLY. Concession Stand hours Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4:30pm.
ADA accessibility to Bear Island is currently unavailable.
Due to required dock repairs scheduled after the close of the 2018 ferry season.  Partial temporary repairs were completed in the spring of 2017 to ensure the safety of passengers however, until permanent repairs are completed there will not be ADA accessibility.  We apologize for any inconvenience and expect normal ferry service operations and ADA accessibility in 2019.
Bear Island Emergency Phone System Out of Service
The emergency phone system on Bear Island is currently out of service.  In the event of an emergency after hours please use your cell phone as cellular service from most carriers is available.  Electrical outlets are available at the bathhouse to charge a cell phone.
Please contact the park office at or 910.326.4881 with any questions.

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Hammocks Beach State Park

1572 Hammocks Beach Road
SwansboroNC 28584
Latitude: 34.671000
Longitude: -77.142900

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September - May: 8am - 6pm
June - August: 8am - 7pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
September - May: 8am - 5pm daily
June - August: 8am - 6pm daily

Closed Christmas Day