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Hammocks Beach State Park

Swansboro, NC
+1 910-326-4881
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Go to the Bear Island Beach; Take the park boat ride, very inexpensive. Be prepared with some supplies.

This is a wonderful, unique place that just happens to be a NC State Park with a great boat ride... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
Belhaven, North Carolina
via mobile
Great boat-in camping! Beautiful beach!

Stayed in campsite 14 and loved it! It was secluded and had a good amount of shade -- you did have... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Matt D
Sugar Grove, North Carolina
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Located on Bear Island, this is a great swimming beach.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Swansboro, NC
+1 910-326-4881
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful, unique place that just happens to be a NC State Park with a great boat ride thrown in for good measure. On the beach, imagine you on the South Pacific Island. GK Take your own lunch snack if the concession stand...More

Thank historian_10
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Stayed in campsite 14 and loved it! It was secluded and had a good amount of shade -- you did have to paddle to access the beachfront, but it was great to not be in direct sunlight at the campsite. The paddle to the site...More

Thank Matt D
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

My family of adults with adult children (not an option for "type of visit") enjoyed this warm summer day on a covered boat ride . The Captain of the boat circled the various islands dotting the intracoastal waterways , while the State Park Ranger pointed...More

Thank PtLomafoodie
Reviewed 20 September 2017

The park has a museum and you can ride a pontoon boat to Bear Island that has great shells. Follow the beach to the left and find small interesting shells. Follow the beach to the right and find large shells. Great place to spend the...More

Thank Barbara J
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

This pristine beach was so beautiful and so peaceful it took my breath away. I needed to walk and it was not crowded and I picked up lots of shells for my collections. I actually hated to leave and go back to reality. There's a...More

Thank CourtneyG2
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

My son and I recently spent the weekend camping at Hammock's Beach. We booked campsite 10 which is the second to last site. The island is great for primitive camping. You will need to book early here to get a site they seem to go...More

Thank Joyner_NC
Reviewed 6 September 2017

After a short ferry ride you approach land on the sound side of Bear Island. Walk over the sand dune and you're faced with the soft sand of the Atlantic Ocean with only the snake bar on the entire island. Imagine an island with no...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 2 September 2017

You get here by boat-either yours or one (for a minimal fee) at the visitors building. Worth every penny!

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful beach on an island ( bear island) which has been left to nature. There is a ferry which takes you from the mainland to the island for $5. Or you can access it by private boat or kyack. There's a snack...More

Thank Carrie E
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The entrance to this beautiful little park is lined with gorgeous shade oak trees and opens to a clean and grassy lawn with room for picnic and family football. It's the ferry launch to bear island, which ia s beautifully scenic ride across the sound...More

Thank suescoggins
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10 August 2017|
Response from pamelabD9213LP | Reviewed this property |
Totally depends on the day. The boat only holds a given number of people. We had to wait for the next boat, but there were places to sit and things to look at. If it is a busy weekend, then you would want to arrive earlier... More
29 May 2017|
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Response from Stephen K |
Small campfires are permitted. But firewood may be hard to come by on the island.
Derek W
23 July 2016|
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Response from William W | Reviewed this property |
You have to go to the state park at 1572 Hammocks Beach Road, Swansboro, NC 28584. Go into the building, purchase a ticket for the ferry and walk to the dock (about 1/4 mile) The ferry normally leaves every half hour in... More