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Hammocks Beach State Park

1572 Hammock Beach Rd, Swansboro, NC 28584-9523
+1 910-326-4881
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Fantastic beach

Hammocks Beach is such a hidden treasure, especially compared to the overly developed beaches... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
MrClarasDad
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Pristine

A fun, relaxing place to visit. The ferry ride is cheap and scenic. The beach is pristine and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sunchaser507
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Akron, Ohio
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Located on Bear Island, this is a great swimming beach.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ferry ride” (35 reviews)
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1572 Hammock Beach Rd, Swansboro, NC 28584-9523
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+1 910-326-4881
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"concession stand"
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"bear island"
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"hammocks beach"
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"sand dollars"
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"bath house"
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"snack bar"
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"great beach"
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"paved road"
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"kayak launch"
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"half mile walk"
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"pack light"
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"visitor center"
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"labor day"
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"sand dunes"
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"favorite beach"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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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
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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

2  Thank threekbs
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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
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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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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Great place for shelling swimming and hanging out. The main Beach area has convenient showers and bathrooms. You can walk miles of unspoiled Beach collecting shells and looking at wildlife. On my trip I saw a dozen different kinds of shore birds, dolphins, rays, and...More

Thank ttalb0t
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Reviewed 29 June 2018

Short ferry ride from the visitor's center to Bear Island. The walk from the dock at the island to the beach is a hike and well worth it. The beach is endless, shell seeking is plentiful, and the waters are clear. There is also a...More

1  Thank wendywinslow
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Beautiful place to launch and kayak to Bear Island. Plan you r trip based on the tide or you will be fighting the current. Lovely beach and place to land kayaks.

1  Thank Linda R
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Camped here over 20 years ago as a youth and it is still just as beautiful. The walkway is nice from the ferry to the beach (used to be all sand!) Clean beach, lots of cool natural things to see and do. They cap out...More

2  Thank Becca S
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3toavan
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
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Miranda D
20 June 2018|
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Response from Sabrina H | Reviewed this property |
No, there is no services on the island other than a snack bar and restrooms. I saw some people with rolling suitcases which was a very smart way to bring everything without carrying it! Remember "what you bring you take... More
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Csande1
9 April 2018|
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Response from historian_10 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know, but can’t believe it would a problem; this is a pretty relaxed place.
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