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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

Hammocks Beach State Park

A crown jewel of the North Carolina coast and Hammocks Beach State Park is Bear Island—a 3-mile-long, undeveloped barrier island accessible by the park’s passenger ferry or private ferry, or by paddling a canoe or kayak. A wide beach between massive dunes and the ocean is interrupted only by primitive campsites and a modest concession/picnic complex. The park’s mainland gateway offers a full-service visitor center and is the launch site for ferry service, canoes or kayaks. Rent or bring your own kayaks, canoes or paddleboards to explore paddling trails leading to marshes, Bear Island or Huggins Island, which is graced with unspoiled maritime forest. Interpretive programs and extensive exhibits teach about park ecology and wildlife including endangered sea turtles and nesting shorebirds.

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Due to the effects from Hurricane Florence, there is no ferry service for the remainder of the year.

Several park facilities remain closed due to damage sustained from the hurricane. Prior to your visit, please visit the Bear Island Current Information page for more information on the status of facilities.


Hammocks Beach State Park - Mainland Area Plan

Hammocks Beach State Parks mainland area recently expanded by approximately 290 acres! We anticipate this additional acreage will allow for improved visitor experience and opportunities. Read More



1573 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584



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GPS: 34.671, -77.1429


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    8:00am to 6:00pm

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