Swansboro, North Carolina, known as the "Friendly City by the Sea," is a quaint, historic town located on the North Carolina Coast boarding both the IntraCoastal Waterway and the White Oak River. With water, water, water all around (and the Atlantic Ocean mere minutes away,) it's safe to assume that water sports are the number one activity in the area…and there are plenty to pick from!

Hammocks Beach State Park and Bear Island

Important Notice for Visitors
Spring & Summer 2024

The park's ferry service to Bear Island and campsites are closed due to a major construction project underway. For more details and FAQs, read more here Contact our expert local tour operators for private charters, eco-tours, and water taxi services.

Walk through downtown Swansboro on any given day and you're likely to see any number of kayakers and paddle-boarders making their way through the Intracoastal Waterway headed towards the many scenic beaches along Bogue Inlet. Others may want to fish…or water ski…or just cruise up and down the White Oak River. If you're more of a land-lover, Swansboro loves YOU, too!

Swansboro has historical sites to discover, eclectic shops to explore, and lots of 'family-friendly' recreation like biking, hiking, camping, and outdoor concerts…just to name a few! And, of course, it's always OK to do a little bit of NOTHIN'! After all, you are at the coast!

Swansboro Annual Festivals