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Bear Island
1572 Hammock's Beach Rd.
Swansboro, NC

(910) 326-4881

Access to Bear Island is provided by ferry from Hammock's Beach State Park (see our Attractions and Getting Here, Getting Around chapters) or by private boat. A seasonal concessionaire, is on site at the mainland renting canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. Contact Hidden Coast Adventure at 910-612-3297 or www.paddlenc.com for rental information. Tickets are required for everyone riding the ferry, and the fee is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12. Visa and MasterCard accepted with proper identification along with cash or checks are accepted. Free ferry tickets are available to children age 5 and younger. The 3.5-mile island offers primitive camping at designated spots for $13 minimum per night. For organized groups, there are two sites available locally - each with a minimum of five campers. Site A accommodates a maximum of 24 campers for a fee of $35 per night while site B accommodates a maximum of 12 campers for $28 per night. The sites don't have water, sewer or electric hookups, although restrooms and showers are available. Ferry service is not available and the bathhouse is winterized from November through March. Campers must check-in with the park office on the mainland before going over to Bear Island. Campsites for boaters are also offered, but some sites are tricky to get to because of shallow water. Campers traveling by ferry are advised to check the ferry schedule prior to making a reservation and to travel light because it is more than a half-mile walk from the ferry landing to some sites. Those interested in camping on Bear Island should be aware that alcoholic beverages and open campfires are not allowed. Bring a grill or camp stove for cooking. Although pets are allowed on the island, they are not allowed in the swimming area or on the ferry so you can only get them there by personal boat. Owners also are required to clean up after their pets and keep them on leashes of 6 feet or less at all times. Reservations can be made 11 months in advance through the day before arrival for all North Carolina State Parks at www.ncparks.gov.

 

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