Hammocks Beach State Park
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.
Great state park with a very nice and educational visitor center. The staff are generally friendly and helpful. The park has a dedicated kayak and canoe launch that is great for accessing the bear island paddle trail without having to deal with the public boat ramp that has limited parking. Just remember to bring your boat cart! It's about a 50 yard walk to the dock. The office does have a cart for loan if you do forget to bring one along. Rental kayaks are offered on site. I'm not sure if the rental company is seasonal so you may want to check before going if you plan on renting boats. The paddle trail is well marked and easy to follow. Just use caution while crossing the main channels as powerboat traffic can be heavy at times. Remember to stay visible and alert! Campsites are available on bear island and should be reserved in advance. You can access the island by boat or use the seasonal ferry service. Camping on the island is an awesome experience. Just plan for the trip as you would for a backpacking trip. Remember to bring bug spray, sunscreen, and proper clothing! fires are not allowed on the island so make sure you bring a stove of some sort to cook on. I love visiting whether it's for a day of kayaking and fishing or a weekend adventure camping on the island!
I have always loved this park. During the warmer months you can take a ferry to Bear Island and enjoy the day on pristine beaches. If you like primitive camping, you can do this on the island too if sites are available. The park has future plans for expansion which will add to it's offerings.
While visiting my brother in North Carolina we decided to go here around the corner from his house and sight see and its beautiful.
A small but active state park. Excellent for visiting coastal tidelands, marshes and islands. Outstanding kayaking area!
Neat state park with a cool visitors center. Fantastic educational exhibit and knowledgeable staff. Take the ferry to bear island for a more remote experience. Kayaking, camping, picnics, walks, fun teaching moments, bird watching, astronomy and more. Definitely worth a visit.
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