Hammocks Beach State Park
|Description: State park on an undeveloped barrier island 3.5 miles long. Large mobile sand dunes up to sixty feet high cover island’s maritime forests.|
Wildlife to Watch: Shorebirds, waterfowl, and marine life are abundant in salt marshes, tidal creeks, and frontal beach dunes. Large numbers of sea turtles nest on beaches in summer. Osprey and brown pelicans feed in the marshes and surf. Least terns, black skimmers, and common terns nest on island along with willets, oystercatchers, and other shorebirds. Fall brings large flocks of migratory warblers, sparrows, and hawks. Tracks of gray fox, raccoon, and deer common along the beach. Look in sand for tracks of the ant lion. Lizards and non-poisonous snakes commonly seen. A rich variety of marine life may be viewed in marshes and tidal creeks.
Special Tips: Public access limited to capacity of park passenger ferries from mainland during spring and summer. Private boat landings allowed. Island open to access by foot. No vehicles allowed on island.
Other Activities: Beach shelters, interpretive center, swimming beach and shower house. On the ferry ride between mainland and island, look for egrets, herons, ibises, willets, oystercatchers, osprey, rails, and terrapins.
Size: 736 acres
Closest Town: Swansboro
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