Hammocks Beach North Carolina

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alphabetical listing


ATLANTIC BEACH

 

AVON BEACH

 

BALDHEAD ISLAND

 

BEAUFORT

 

BUXTON

 

CALABASH

 

CAROLINA BEACH

 

CAROVA

 

CASWELL BEACH

 

CEDAR ISLAND

 

COROLLA BEACH

 

DUCK

 

EMERALD ISLE

 

FORT FISHER

 

FRISCO

 

HAMMOCKS BEACH

 

HATTERAS

 

HOLDEN BEACH

 

INDIAN BEACH

 

KILL DEVIL HILLS

 

KITTY HAWK

 

KURE BEACH

 

NAGS HEAD

 

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH

 

OAK ISLAND

 

OCEAN ISLE BEACH

 

OCRACOKE

 

PEA ISLAND

 

PINE KNOLL SHORES

 

ROANOKE ISLAND

 

RODANTHE

 

SALVO

 

SANDERLING

 

SHALLOTTE

 

SOUTHERN SHORES

 

SOUTHPORT

 

SUNSET BEACH

 

SURF CITY

 

TOPSAIL BEACH

 

TOPSAIL ISLAND

 

WAVES

 

WILMINGTON

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH

 

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welcome to hammocks beach nc

Hammocks Beach Early in the 20th century, Dr. William Sharpe, a neurosurgeon of New York, came to Bear Island to hunt. His love of the island prompted him to acquire it for his retirement. Sharpe intended to will the property to John Hurst, his longtime hunting guide and friend, but Hurst persuaded him to donate it to the North Carolina Teachers Association, an organization of African American teachers. In 1950, the group assumed the deed to Bear Island and attempted to develop the property. Limited funds and the island's remoteness rendered their efforts unsuccessful. In 1961, the association donated the island to the state of North Carolina for a park.

 

Hammocks Beach State Park Secluded and tranquil, free from intruding commercialism, Hammocks Beach may not be for everyone, but the island most definitely is a retreat.

Located on Bear Island a 980 acre unspoiled barrier island, Hammock Beach is one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat. Boats may be beached or tied at the island bulkhead, but do not dock along the ferry pier.The one thing to do at Hammocks Beach is enjoy nature.When traveling to the island by boat, navigate along the ferry route,as boating in the inlet can be dangerous.

 

Canoeists and kayakers can explore the marsh by way of a designated canoe trail. Markers placed along the route indicate points of interest along the way.

 

Bring any soft drinks, snacks, or food with you to the island. Drinking water, outdoor showers and restroom facilities are available. Primitive campsites are located near the beach and the inlet. Fourteen family campsites accommodate six people each. Three group campsites, available to affiliated groups only, accommodate up to 12 persons each. Light and simple is the way to travel as campers must carry all provisions to the campsites from the beach or ferry dock.

 

Directions to Bear Island and Hammocks Beach

 

The Hammocks Beach State Park office and ferry dock are located in Onslow County between Jacksonville and Morehead City.

 

From I-95, take I-40 east to NC 24. Follow NC 24 east through Jacksonville to Swansboro. Turn right onto Hammocks Beach Road. Near the end of the road, turn right into the park entrance.

 

From the south, take US 17 north to Jacksonville, and turn on NC 24 east to Swansboro. Turn right onto Hammocks Beach Road. Near the end of the road, turn right into the park entrance.From the park office area, the passenger ferry provides transportation to Bear Island for a modest fee.

 

The island is also accessible by private boat or marine taxi service.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 Carolina Coastal Living 2014