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Hammocks Beach State Park

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Address: Swansboro, NC
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+1 910-326-4881

Located on Bear Island, this is a great swimming beach.

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This place is a lot of fun whether it's for a day or for a weekend of camping. Really nice boat ride to the island and also a lovely place to camp and avoid crowds. Not really... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a lot of fun whether it's for a day or for a weekend of camping. Really nice boat ride to the island and also a lovely place to camp and avoid crowds. Not really much to do but you can enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking or walking the truly gorgeous beach! People of all ages can have a... More 

Thank MidnightKrewzer
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

go by ferry ride across to ocean or kayak from the pavilion to unspoiled marsh and wildlife best kept secret

Thank Sue P
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We went to Bear Island for about four hours. It was a beautiful day. Even if you are coming in the winter like we do you'll have regular days in the 60s. Just be aware that the weather can turn quickly. A storm came up on us while on the boat ride back and it was nice to have the... More 

Thank sms74
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Beautiful area, but tough kayak trip over to the beach, especially for non-kayakers. Lots of kayak "trails" in the marsh, though. There is a boat that takes people over to the beach. The beach is pretty and deserted, but looks similar to other beaches in the area.

Thank Charles G
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This was my first visit to the park in about eight years. The state has spent money on it, putting up a visitors center with.displays and new bathhouse and refreshment stand on Bear Island. It's worth the $5 for adults or $3 for seniors and children to visit if you have at least three or four hours. If you want... More 

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Swansboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great indoor info on the park, Kayaking last month with the family and an instructor.... what a great adventure! Very professional and knowledgeable guide. Wonderful ferry to Bear Island to picnic and enjoy the private beach...

Thank Jerry Y
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This was a great ride on a ferry with a great boat captain! If you are not able to walk far stay on land. It is a tuff walk for the handicap from the landing to the beach. BUT, it is worth the view if you can make it. Do not linger at the beach as you need to allow... More 

Thank gtadennis
Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Our first time at Hammocks Beach State park while exploring the area. What a beautiful place.....picnic tables, about 11 very rustic, walk-in camp sites, plus a lovely visitor center with nature displays for adults & kids & a surprise (to us) terrific 15 minute boat/ferry ride over to Bear Island. Round trip cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors... More 

Thank frugalfolks
Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We found love a little later in life than most so for our fifth anniversary we decided to go to the beach. This place is gorgeous! Had to wait for tropical storm Hermine to pass but once it was gone, the weather was amazing and the sun came out. Went boogie boarding and laid out in the sun. What a... More 

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Placitas, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The only way to reach this coastal North Carolina State park is by boat. There's a ferry that transports folks back and forth for a small fee and it's better than having to pay for parking at nearby and more crowded beaches. The island has a great beach and there are shelters available as well as a concession operation during... More 

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