Hammocks Beach State Park and Huggins Island Bear Island Jones Island

Hammocks Beach State Park

A visit to Hammocks Beach is quite an unforgettable experience, as many say it’s one of the most beautiful places on the East Coast and definitely one of the best places to visit in North Carolina. With a total surface of nearly 1,200 acres, it’s one of the largest recreational areas in the region.

The Hammocks Beach State Park comprised of three islands – the Huggins Island, the Bear Island and the Jones Island. Transportation from the Visitor’s Center on the mainland to Bear Island is done by ferry, but the other islands are accessible only by private boat or marine taxi. If you are into kayaking, it would be a perfect means of transportation, especially since waters can get quite low during the hot summer days.

One of the main attractions throughout the park is the unspoiled beaches. If you are tired of crowded holiday resorts and want the beach all for yourself, Hammocks is the perfect spot. It’s secluded, free from intruding commercialism and the only crowded thing about Hammocks Beach State Park is your to-do list.

Camping is permitted in designated areas, and so are camp fires and barbecues. The main spots are in the centers of each island, but there are other areas as well. You will get a full map from the Visitor’s Center, and this is also where you can learn about the schedules of events hosted – or you can simply call in for information at (910) 326-4881.

The Hammocks Beach State Park welcomes you daily between 8am and 6pm – they are open till 7pm in summer – and the Visitor’s Center is open from 8am to 5pm.

With its many attractions and things to do – fishing, hunting, boating or picnicking – we can safely say that Hammocks Beach State Park is one of the best places to visit in North Carolina.