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Hammocks Beach State Park Swansboro

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Hammocks Beach State Park
1572 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro
NC
28584
Tel: (910) 326-4881

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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.
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    nice sunny day. mainly we were interested in the boat ride and a short stay on the beach. the waves were rough that day as the wind was blowing hard parallel to the shore. but i was impressed that 3 lifeguards stood on the beach. still didn't have a secure feeling in the water as rip current warnings were swirling in my head. i didn't think the beach was that 'secluded'. there were quite a few people there on that day. if you are interested in a more secluded island beach setting, then i would suggest back bay national wildlife refuge / false cape...Read More

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    It was a cool and cloudy day but we enjoyed the beautiful unspoiled natural surroundings of this uncrowded island. First there was the very pleasant 20 or 30 minute ferry ride to the island followed by a leisurely stroll to the uncrowded beach. On the way there is concessions and facilities. We saw many beautiful things during our stay including Dolphins, pretty lil yellow cactus flowers,many types of birds and wildlife.Then finally another enjoyable ferry ride back.What a great day trip with my love.

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    Amazing little park. Peaceful and pristine beaches with very private campsites (we couldn't see evidence of anyone else on the island from ours, even though every site was full), Beautiful kayak trail, very likely to see wildlife on the way, if you choose to kayak to the island.

    Reserve your campsites early, they fill quickly. Don't complain about the 1/2 mile walk to the beach. It's paved and flat, and they make it clear that it's part of getting to this beautiful beach.

    Great for day trippers too! Plenty of ferry times. I highly recommend...Read More

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    Launch boat ramps for kayaks are good. Water is protected. Bear island a destination to see by boat. Will return to kayak again.

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    Excellent beach, beautiful sand, water was great, but the walk there was unexpected and lacked something to be desired since you couldn't take wagons or carts on the ferry. Great day, but had we had more stuff it would've been a hassle.

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by C Douglas Edwards

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nice sunny day. mainly we were interested in the boat ride and a short stay on the beach. the waves were rough that day as the wind was blowing hard parallel to the shore. but i was impressed that 3 lifeguards stood on the beach. still didn't have a secure feeling in the water as rip current warnings were swirling in my head. i didn't think the beach was that 'secluded'. there were quite a few people there on that day. if you are interested in a more secluded island beach setting, then i would suggest back bay national wildlife refuge / false cape state part in virginia, south of virginia beach and sandbridge. or if you are in panama city fl, head off to shell island.

by Rowan Cannell

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Amazing little park. Peaceful and pristine beaches with very private campsites (we couldn't see evidence of anyone else on the island from ours, even though every site was full), Beautiful kayak trail, very likely to see wildlife on the way, if you choose to kayak to the island.

Reserve your campsites early, they fill quickly. Don't complain about the 1/2 mile walk to the beach. It's paved and flat, and they make it clear that it's part of getting to this beautiful beach.

Great for day trippers too! Plenty of ferry times. I highly recommend visiting this park!

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