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Hammocks Beach State Park Ferry
S.R. 1511, off N.C. Hwy. 24
Swansboro, NC

(910) 326-4881

The seasonal passenger ferry (no cars) at Hammocks Beach State Park provides transportation from the park headquarters terminal to Bear Island. The ferry terminal is off N.C. 24, 2 miles west of Swansboro at the end of State Road 1511. If you are visiting Bear Island between Memorial Day and Labor Day, get to the ferry landing early to avoid long lines. Pets are not allowed on the ferry, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park (see our Attractions chapter for more about Bear Island and Hammocks Beach State Park). Call Hammocks Beach, (910) 326-4881, to verify ferry times.

15-minute crossing – No vehicles
No Reservations Accepted

Memorial Day through Labor Day
The ferry runs daily. On Mondays and Tuesdays from the mainland, the ferry departs every hour on the half-hour from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. From Bear Island, the ferry departs every hour on the hour from 10 AM to 6 PM. On Wednesday through Sunday from the mainland, the ferry departs every half-hour from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. From Bear Island, the ferry departs every half-hour from 10 AM to 6 PM.

May and September; October and April
The ferry runs Wednesday through Sunday in May and September and Friday through Sunday in October and April. From the mainland, the ferry departs every hour on the half-hour from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. From Bear Island, the ferry departs every hour on the hour from 10 AM to 5 PM.

October through April
The ferry runs Friday through Sunday. A private water taxi service operates the ferry November through March. Call the park for details.

Fares (round trip):
Adult, $5
Senior Citizens, 62 and older, $3
Children ages 6 to 12, $3
Children younger than 5, Free — but still need a ticket.

 

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