Visitors can take a ferry or paddle their own way over to Bear Island in Hammocks Beach State Park. On Sept. 18-21, the park will hold the N.C. Paddle Festival, featuring kayak and paddle board races, paddling classes and scavenger hunts.
Visitors can take a ferry or paddle their own way over to Bear Island in Hammocks Beach State Park. On Sept. 18-21, the park will hold the N.C. Paddle Festival, featuring kayak and paddle board races, paddling classes and scavenger hunts. N.C. DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Visitors can take a ferry or paddle their own way over to Bear Island in Hammocks Beach State Park. On Sept. 18-21, the park will hold the N.C. Paddle Festival, featuring kayak and paddle board races, paddling classes and scavenger hunts. N.C. DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION

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