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Super Kayak Trip!

We had a wonderful time kayaking from Hammocks Beach State Park to Bear Island. Takes about 1 1/2-2... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
Great kayaking trip!

My husband and I rented a double kayak here after we found other nearby outfitters closed. We were... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
Fort Washington, Maryland
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Paddle NC provides spectacular kayak and SUP, nature tours, rentals and instruction. New discoveries wait around every bend as you navigate pristine salt marsh where Bottlenose Dolphins, Great Blue Herons, and jumping Mullet play. Our Guided and self guided tours will turn your day into an adventure. Explore an area rich in natural resources that Native Americans and early European settlers once inhabited. You'll feel a timelessness by paddling the hidden bays that played a major part in the golden age of piracy, and helped shape our nation through civil and world wars. Join us today to reveal your spectacular Hidden Coast Adventure.
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“state park” (3 reviews)
Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro, NC 28584
+1 910-612-3297
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

We had a wonderful time kayaking from Hammocks Beach State Park to Bear Island. Takes about 1 1/2-2 hours each way--we were gone 6 hours total. We rented sit on top kayaks that were in good condition. We had reservations for the day before but...More

Thank kaw24577
Walter M, Owner at Paddle NC, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Thanks for your review! We are so glad that we could get you out on the water, and that they weather was cooperating that day! I think that you guys got the best day of the week. We hope to see you again for another...More

Reviewed 26 April 2017

My husband and I rented a double kayak here after we found other nearby outfitters closed. We were so grateful that we found this place!! We would go back to this place in a heartbeat, and would absolutely recommend it! To begin with, the staff...More

Thank branstettersarah
Walter M, Owner at Paddle NC, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us! I'll pass your review along to the staff, and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We were super fortunate with the weather and tides -- we had an absolutely perfect carolina-blue-sky day. The attendant that set up the kayaks was great and welcoming. He had everything ready when we arrived and we were on our way. Hammocks Beach Is such...More

Thank jasonpac
Reviewed 16 September 2016

knowledgeable guide, great setting and beautiful beach, my only recommendation is plan the tides before you go- paddling back against the outgoing tide was a workout and we had to drag the kayaks a bit, other than that a great time for me and my...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Had a great experience paddling to Bear Island! Staff was very helpful and made the trip awesome! Made sure we paddled with the tides and gave us excellent directions with a map! Water trail is well marked and even people with little experience can enjoy...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2016

The perfect day kayaking in the Swansboro area. Paddle NC’s facility is a few feet from the water at Hammock Beach State Park. A beautiful & very convenient location. I was greeted by friendly staff who helped outfit me with a nice, clean boat &...More

Thank Frank V
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Our short 2 hour trip towards Bear Island was the perfect fit for our mixed group. We had both elementary age kids and a senior, and this was a great activity for those who like a little activity or like to see nature close up....More

Thank Michael Z
Reviewed 15 June 2016

This is one of my favorite places to paddle in NC! The trail out to Bear Island is very well marked (kudos to the Park Rangers), and the Paddle NC staff is very informative about where to go (and not go) on the way there....More

Thank Christa F
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Being a business owner, I hate to leave poor reviews. However, this one is well deserved. My initial plans were to setup a time to go online. I did so and went accordingly and received a confirmation email. The drive was 4 hours but that...More

Thank Neil E
Walter M, Owner at Paddle NC, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2017

We understand that camping in the rain can be very trying, but with any difficult experience, we do everything we can to make the best of a bad experience. Being allowed in the State Parks is very much an honor for us and because so...More

Reviewed 29 April 2016

My wife and I had done this paddle last year with a guide and decided to take the family during our spring trip. We had 10 people, 8 adults and 2 grandkids, and we rented 4 tandem and 2 single kayaks. It was a little...More

Thank John W
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