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The Best Kept Secret In North Carolina!

Hammocks Beach State Park is a wonderful local gem, and Bear Island, which is the main attraction... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hubert, North Carolina
Understand This Park's Unique Qualities BEFORE You Go!

It was a quiet cloudy Tuesday at the park and ferry rides were running every hour at the half hour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rebekah C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Located on Bear Island, this is a great swimming beach.
1572 Hammock Beach Rd, Swansboro, NC 28584-9523
+1 910-326-4881
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hammocks Beach State Park is a wonderful local gem, and Bear Island, which is the main attraction of the park, is a sweet little slice of paradise that is the equal to the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. While I know this may...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a quiet cloudy Tuesday at the park and ferry rides were running every hour at the half hour (as stated by a large and clear sign near the Visitor's Center). As seen above, dogs are not allowed on the ferry under any circumstances...More

Thank Rebekah C
Reviewed 5 September 2018

We had to wait over 90 minutes to get the next available seats on the ferry to Bear Island. Unfortunately, the little ones did not handle the wait time as the heat was too much, so we can to cancel our excursion and swimming plans.

1  Thank donaldsG2301TA
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

This place is great! The ferry ride is short and cheap ($5 per adult) to this secluded beach. It is about a half mile walk from the ferry to the beach and it can get quite hot! There is only really 1 spot to stop...More

Thank Molly C
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Hammocks Beach is such a hidden treasure, especially compared to the overly developed beaches around Emerald Isle. There is a really nice visitor center with a few interpretive displays and a great shaded porch overlooking the marsh. From there you take the ferry across the...More

1  Thank MrClarasDad
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

A fun, relaxing place to visit. The ferry ride is cheap and scenic. The beach is pristine and not crowded at all. It goes on for miles. It is a bit of a walk from the dock to the beach, but some volunteer guy picked...More

Thank Sunchaser507
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

We took the ferry for $5 per person. Seniors are $3, 6-12 year olds are $3, under 5 years old are free, and over 62 is also $3. Very secluded beach, very clean. Easy to find sand dollars! There are life guards. It is a...More

1  Thank Krystle L
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Our trip to Bear Island while vacationing in Emerald Isle was the favorite thing we did according to my family. We had debated between Shackleford and Bear Island. Ultimately, the restroom facilities and cheaper ferry ride won out. The ferry ride over to the island...More

3  Thank threekbs
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Easy trip on a ferry--only $5 and kids are free (5 and under I think). It's a great place to hang at the beach. We were there in June and it wasn't crowded at all. There's not much there by way of facilities--just the basics...More

1  Thank rachel1121
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Easy trip on ferry, and only $5 per person. Walk across island is almost entirely in full sun, so prepared in heat. Restrooms and snack pavilion for day use. Take a walk along the beach, no one in sight!! We didn't find great shells, but...More

1  Thank DDtravels01
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4 September 2018|
Response from Sabrina H | Reviewed this property |
You will need to hire a private boat service to take you over.
4 September 2018|
Response from wendywinslow | Reviewed this property |
Hi Yes the schedule changes in September so you can't get there via the ferry on Monday and Tuesdays. The ferries doe operation on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However, if you are adventuresome you... More
22 July 2018|
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Response from Krystle L | Reviewed this property |
It is round trip, they take your ticket at the dock. You have no ticket for return, but there is only the one ferry service. They come back every half hour to get people off the island. Basically if you are on the island... More