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Hammocks Beach

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Address: Swansboro, NC
Phone Number: 910-326-4881
Activities: Swimming
Description: Located on Bear Island, this is a great swimming beach.

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If you're here Go there!!!!!!

It's simple. Barrier islands in the White Oak river basin. A wonderful pontoon ride of the islands and a day at the beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Can't be beat!! Just beware... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
JoeZeppi
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Swansboro, North Carolina
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Swansboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It's simple. Barrier islands in the White Oak river basin. A wonderful pontoon ride of the islands and a day at the beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Can't be beat!! Just beware that it is seasonal but you can go to the website to see when the schedules are. Enjoy!!!! It's wonderful!!!!!!

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Visitor's Center is housed in a very nice building that you reach through a short drive from the main road. Wonderful vegetation on both sides of the road leading to the visitor's center. Inside you will find nice displays ....especially interesting were those about Bear Island and the Loggerhead Turtle habitat. Very helpful person manning the welcome desk area. Clean,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Spent 5 days at Hammocks Beach State Park camping on Bear Island. We put our canoes and kayaks in at the state park dock which is very cool as the rail/roller system allows you to access the water without getting wet. It's a pretty long walk to haul your gear from the parking lot but the park does have trolleys... More 

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Lenoir, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A gem of the Crystal Coast. We enjoy kayaking out for the day. No matter when we go always seem to be able to find a spot on the beach away from others. A shell hunters paradise. Can just unwind with the soundtrack of nature. Not busy like other beaches in the area.My son and I also enjoy camping overnight... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

If you are laboring over whether it's worth the walk to get to the beach at Bare Island, the debate is over! This honestly felt like we had our own private island to ourselves. Each campsite is secluded from the others by the high sand dunes, which allows ultimate privacy for your in camp adventures. Even when you go out... More 

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Cave Spring, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
22 helpful votes 22 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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