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Hammocks Beach State Park

1572 Hammocks Beach Road

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.


Brittney Stoll

Monday, May 14, 2018
So much to see and experience. One of the many charms Swansboro has to offer. A great day trip for families and individuals looking to enjoy the beauty of the beach without the crowds and chaos of Emerald Isle- Hammocks Beach allows you to enjoy the beach just as God intended. Lifeguards usually on duty during the summer session which is comforting, especially if you are not used to swimming in NC rip tides. The ferry ride is relaxing and smooth, not a problem for those with sea sickness issues. Pack lightly because it is a little less than a half mile from the ferry to the beach, but the walk is worth it.

Michael McCosker

Sunday, April 15, 2018
This was the best $10 I have spent on entertainment in a long time. For $5 a person you pay to go on a 20 minute ferry ride, to Bear Island, and Bear Island is a small gem that you should add to in your vacation plans. It has a lot of open beach front, that is very clean, but has plenty of shells for those of us that like shell hunting. You can also camp out on Bear island overnight, and that seems like a ton of fun, but we did not have the opportunity to do that during this trip. I would definitely go back.

Donna Koch

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
This is a very quiet peaceful park. A great place for a shady picnic under an oak tree. Also if you take the ferry (affordable) out to the beach it is a lovely beach that isn't crowded. The water is shallow for a long way out. Our favorite beach destination from Raleigh.

Julie Dills

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
An awesome place to visit. I've camped there several times and it's always an adventure. (This last trip for 6 days.) A lot of work and walking but worth every moment. Bring sunshades/umbrellas as there is little natural shade... bug spray for the noseeems and biting flies. I can't wait to go back.

Frank Hatch

Saturday, April 7, 2018
There is no Beach unless you kayak to it!! Well worth the effort! This is the only place I gave been that is a park for kayak trails. Loved it!!

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