Hammocks Beach State Park Primitive Camping

Swansboro, North Carolina

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The camping at Hammocks Beach State Park is hard earned, but worth the effort. That’s because there is no camping on the mainland park premises. Instead, the Hammocks Beach camping facilities are in a remote location out in the Atlantic Ocean on Bear Island. A seasonal passenger ferry leaves daily from the park, carting people and their gear out to the island. After crossing Cow’s Channel, you arrive at Bear Island, but you now have to hike 0.5 mile across the island to get to the campsites. Be sure to wear sandals or shoes. The sandy trail can often get desert hot, as can the campsites. No pets are allowed on the ferry, but pets are allowed on the island, so if you want to bring Fido along, do so via private boat.
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by Melissa Watson (Falcon Guides)

The camping at Hammocks Beach State Park is hard earned, but worth the effort. That’s because there is no camping on the mainland park premises. Instead, the Hammocks Beach camping facilities are in a remote location out in the Atlantic Ocean on Bear Island. A seasonal passenger ferry leaves daily from the park, carting people and their gear out to the island. After crossing Cow’s Channel, you arrive at Bear Island, but you now have to hike 0.5 mile across the island to get to the campsites. Be sure to wear sandals or shoes. The sandy trail can often get desert hot, as can the campsites.

No pets are allowed on the ferry, but pets are allowed on the island, so if you want to bring Fido along, do so via private boat.

© 2013 Melissa Watson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Swansboro
Campsites: 16
Season: Year-round; closed Christmas Day. Although the campground is open to the public year-round, the ferry system operates seasonally Apr–Oct. If you plan to visit the campground Nov–Mar, you must get to Bear Island via private boat or water taxi.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: (910) 326-4881 or (910) 326-1861; www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/habe/main.php For reservations call (877) 722-6762 or visit www.reserveamerica.com
Local Maps: DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 79 E5
Fees per Night: $10-$19
Facilities: Flush toilets, outdoor showers, water fountains, picnic tables, concession stand with snacks open seasonally; no water available on the island Nov–Mar; no open fires allowed except for grills that you pack in. No pets are allowed on the ferry, but if you arrive by private boat, pets are allowed at the campsites.
Driving Directions: Directions to Hammocks Beach State Park Primitive Camping

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