Swansboro North Carolina Tourism - Beaches, Historic Sites, Parks, Fishing, Ferry Service, Kayak Tours, Loggerhead Turtle Nesting Area

Swansboro NC is a fishing village with antique and craft shops. The Major road to and from Swansboro is NC 24. Catch the ferry here to the Outer banks islands here. Swansboro is located at the  southern Outer Banks but is on the mainland. Swansboro is close to  Emerald Island, Bogue Inlet , Bear Island, Shark Tooth Island and Huggins Island. Barrier Island Kayaks is located at 160 Cedar Point Blvd. Take  Kayak tours to Bear island, Hammock's beach and more.

Swansboro Historic Homes and buildings

William Pugh Ferrand Store - built 1839

Jonathan Green Jr House - built mid 1700 s

Hammock's Beach State Park is located off  SR1511 (state road 1511). Hammock's Beach State Park is partly on the mainland near Swansboro but most of the park is on Bear Island, a barrier island. Bear Island is undeveloped and isolated.

Northeast of Hammocks beach is Bogues Inlet, Bogues sound

Southwest of Hammocks Beach is Bear Inlet and Brown Island.

Nearby also is Oracoke Inlet, Core Sound and the Cape Fear River

There is a visitor center, park office, lifeguard, bathhouse with restrooms and showers, boat ramps (restricted check with Park ranger before launching a boat), Loggerhead turtle nesting area (summer), Intracoastal waterway.

Activities include:

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camping - restricted and permits from park office required

picnic areas - shelters, picnic tables and grills

surf fishing

Bear Island is accessible by ferry or private boat only. about a 25 minute ride from the mainland

Croatan National Forest is located in 3 counties:  Carteret,  Craven and Jones counties. Recreation: hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, camping and swimming. Visitor facilities are located at Neuse River, Fisher landing, Cedar Point and FlaNer's Beach. Carolina Bay Lakes in area: Catfish Lake, Long Lake, Little Lake, Great Lake, Lake Ellis Simon.