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Business rules for Holiday Weekends :

Holiday booking date rules are as follows:
2 nights Minimum Stay on holiday weekend (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday)
1 night Minimum Stay on holiday weekend if the booking dates within 7 Days before Arrival Date

Rule applies to the following holiday weekends:
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day

Hammocks Beach State Park, NC

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Jun 05 2016   Later Dates


Venture to Bear Island and reward yourself with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat, there's just one thing at Hammocks Beach that's crowded - the list of things to do.

Stroll the beach with laughing gulls and sandpipers. Cast a baited hook into endless rows of foaming breakers. Discover tiny specimens of marine life in tidal pools and mudflats. Use a camera or paintbrush to capture the green and gold grasses that color the salt marshes. Spend the night among the sand dunes, or simply bask in the sun and do nothing at all.

Secluded and tranquil, free from intruding commercialism, Hammocks Beach may not be for everyone, but the island is a retreat for people who welcome the challenges of relentless sun, sand, sea and sky.

See our factsheet.pdf.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bath House
  • Boating
  • Concession Stand
  • Drinking Water
  • Ferry Service
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Indoor Showers
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Kayak Launch
  • Lifeguards
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Picnic Table
  • Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Sinks In Restrooms
  • Swimming
Alerts and Important Information
Open fires of any kind are not allowed in the park.
All campsites located on Bear Island with no vehicle access.
Check in required at mainland visitor center during visitor center hours, no late arrivals.
Access to Bear Island by Seasonal Ferry Service, Kayak, Canoe, Private Boat, Private Water Taxi.

Ferry Schedule:
Memorial Day through Labor Day - Daily 9:30 am - 5:30 pm;
May and September - Wednesday through Sunday - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
April and October - Friday through Sunday - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Park Gate Hours:
8:00 am till 6:00 pm Year Round;
8:00 am till 7:00 pm Memorial Day - Labor Day

Visitor Center Hours:
8:00 am till 5:00 pm Year Round,
8:00 am till 6:00 pm Memorial Day - Labor Day

Campers are required to walk / hike a 1/2 mile to 1 1/4 miles to reach campsite.
Bathhouse facilities and all water winterized Mid November through Mid March.
Pets, Carts, Wagons, Kayaks, and Canoes not permitted on ferry vessels.

Nearest city with an airport Jacksonville, NC; park adjacent to NC Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.671, -77.1429
34°40'16"N, 77°8'34"W

The Hammocks Beach State Park office and ferry dock are located in Onslow County between Jacksonville and Morehead City. From I-95, take I-40 east to NC 24. Follow NC 24 east through Jacksonville to Swansboro. Turn right onto Hammocks Beach Road. About 500 feet before the end of the road, turn right into the park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Hammocks Beach State Park
1572 Hammocks Beach Rd
Swansboro  NC  28584

Phone Number:

Information:  (910)326-4881