Parks & Recreation
Onslow County is provides many Parks and Recreation opportunties. Visitors and residentes enjoy beautiful natural environments and recreational activities. Visit our parks, beaches, running trails and walkways.
Hammocks Beach State Park
Hammocks Beach State Park offers a Welcome Center with nature exhibits showcasing island wildlife and history, picnic tables and a gazebo, ferry shuttles to and from Bear Island year-round, as well as several opportunities for recreation on the island itself. The island boasts a wealth of unique shell finds, year-round fishing, primitive camping, and covered picnic tables, as well as a concessions stand and swimming on the east shore from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Hammocks Beach is also a favorite nesting ground for the endangered logger-head sea turtle, with the 150-300 pound females coming ashore every three to four years to nest, laying up to six nests a year. After a two-month incubation period, the hatchlings make their dangerous race to the sea, avoiding the natural predators such as fox, raccoon, and ghost crabs also commonly found on the island.
Park rangers often give presentations and showcase exhibits on the wildlife and preservation of the park, combining leisure, recreation and education in one relaxing get-a-way.
1572 Hammocks Beach Rd, Swansboro, 28584
Distance from Jacksonville: 17.22 miles
Pristine barrier island beaches, kayaking, ferry rides and more. Hammocks Beach is also a favorite nesting ground for the endangered logger-head sea turtle, and an excellent location for a wide variety of recreational activities.