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. See our factsheet.pdf.
Open fires of any kind are not allowed in the park.
All campsites located on Bear Island with no vehicle access.
Check in required at mainland visitor center during visitor center hours, no late arrivals.
Access to Bear Island by Seasonal Ferry Service, Kayak, Canoe, Private Boat, Private Water Taxi.
Memorial Day through Labor Day - Daily 9:30 am - 5:30 pm;
May and September - Wednesday through Sunday - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
April and October - Friday through Sunday - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Park Gate Hours:
8:00 am till 6:00 pm Year Round;
8:00 am till 7:00 pm Memorial Day - Labor Day
Visitor Center Hours:
8:00 am till 5:00 pm Year Round,
8:00 am till 6:00 pm Memorial Day - Labor Day
Campers are required to walk / hike a 1/2 mile to 1 1/4 miles to reach campsite.
Bathhouse facilities and all water winterized Mid November through Mid March.
Pets, Carts, Wagons, Kayaks, and Canoes not permitted on ferry vessels.
Nearest city with an airport Jacksonville, NC; park adjacent to NC Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.