Kayak Hammocks Beach State Park Waterways

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Added by Nathan Eckman

  • Kayak through a diverse eco-system of waterways
  • Escape the crowds for a few hours, or camp on the beach and escape for a few days
  • Variety of routes can accommodates beginner and intermediate kayakers

The number of routes one can take to kayak to Hammocks Beach State Park are endless. One quick look at google maps and you'll see the path from mainland to the island is scattered by a hodgepodge series of small islands (some only a few feet wide).

First timers should launch from the dock off Hammock beach road in Swansboro, NC.

Time of adventure varies on route taken and if you're camping on Hammocks Beach State park (reservations are required). Kayaking routes can vary but on average expect about 5-7 miles for a roundtrip lasting around 5 hours.

Ferry rides are available for a quicker route to the beach for those looking to camp or hike on Hammocks Beach - see official website and this paddle map for details.

Pack List

  • Kayak and Paddle
  • Life jacket (as desired)
  • Ample amount of water and snacks
  • Extra sunscreen
  • Hat/long sleeve (for shade)
  • Waterproofing gear
  • Change of clothes (in case you tip)
  • Camera (as desired)
  • Primitive camping equipment (if camping)
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