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Hammocks Beach

Swansboro, NC
910-326-4881
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Swansboro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks
Activities: Swimming
Description: Located on Bear Island, this is a great swimming beach.
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Cave Spring, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This was our first visit to Hammocks Beach State Park. They have a nice visitor center where you could buy a ferry ticket to Bear Island, about a 20 minute ride each way. Nice, clean beach. They have lifeguards and a concession stand on the island during the summer season.

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The grandchildren loved the ferry over to the island. There is a walk to get to the beach. The beach is really nice. If you walk a bit you can possibly find sand dollars and some nice shells.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We love this park! Getting to the Bear Island might be a bit difficult because the ferry is small and gets sold out way ahead on busy weekends. The ferry ride is 20 min and is very scenic. Then there's a 15-min walk to the ocean side of the island. There are bathrooms on the island, water fountain nearby and... More

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Hunt Valley, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We very much enjoyed the shelling cruise from Hammocks Beach State Park. Our guide Rachel, who works for NCCF, was very friendly and shared some great information about the area and the shells we would be looking for once we arrived at Bear Island. We went to a secluded part of the island and away from the main ferry drop-off... More

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Conover, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We love the state park, we had the beach is very secluded and peaceful. We usually kayak to the campsites but you can take the ferry..

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great beach, great waves, warm water, no crowds. A bit of a trip to get there (ferry + walk), but well worth it.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is our favorite place to go to the beach whether it's by ferry or preferably by our own boat. By boat it allows us to get away from all the tourist and enjoy a very quiet day at the beach. The beaches are clean long so it is good for children to be able to play without the risk... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We came upon a small signage on our motorcycle trip, which had no mention of what was in store on the turn down a dead end street, which had trailer parks and RVs on either side. What a great surprise to find a nearly secluded beach kayaks for rent and a ferry ride to Bear Island, where the incredible white... More

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Durham
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

First time to Bear Island after hearing about it from different groups of friends over the years. My sister and I went for the night to go camping while she was in town from MD. We took my dog, he loved it, too. The primitive camping was so much fun!! One note about the dog situation, because I didn't see... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This beach is very tidy and great for swimming, collecting shells, or sunbathing. We saw many people fishing; however I did not see anyone catch anything worth keeping. We had a wonderful time watching the wildlife on the beach. There are refreshments such as cold drinks and ice cream available for purchase and a decent bath house facilities. Very few... More

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