Hammocks Beach State Park

Facility Status

Hiking Trails


Paddle Trails


Ferry Service


Ferry service is closed for the 2023 season.

About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Hammocks Beach State Park

Located in Onslow County 19 miles southeast of Jacksonville, Hammocks Beach State Park comprises a mainland area and three barrier islands, including the 4-mile-long Bear Island. A passenger ferry transports visitors to the pristine beach that provides an opportunity to camp oceanside — an experience unique amongst North Carolina's state parks. Alternatively, visitors can rent or bring their own kayak or canoe for a closer exploration of the marshlands and maritime swamp forests that surround the park's island areas. 


  • Tent sites (backpacking via ferry or paddle-in)
  • Group tent sites (for organized groups only, backpacking via ferry)
  • Showers


  • Hiking (2.3 miles of trails at the mainland; 4 miles of beach)
  • Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking


  • Boat ramp
  • Concession stand (seasonal)
  • Auditorium
  • Gazebo and picnic shelter
  • Visitor center and exhibits
  • Beach access (ocean)
  • Bathhouse

A private concessionaire in the park offers kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals, as well as guided kayak and paddleboard tours.

Plan Your Visit


1572 Hammock Beach Road, Swansboro, NC 28584

GPS: 34.6710, -77.1429


Current Weather

28584 Swansboro, NC

Park Hours

Tab/Accordion Items

Month Hours
January 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From September to May, open daily, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From June to August, open daily, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photo Gallery

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Top: Marsh at Hammocks Beach State Park, Visit NC

Gallery: Paddlefest, M. Kane  |  Great egret, S. McElhone  |  Dolphins seen from the park ferry, S. Bland  |  Beach camping at Bear Island, C. Peek  |  Marsh reflection, R. Evans