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Address: Hammocks Beach State Park, Swansboro, NC 28584
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+1 910-612-3297

Paddle NC provides spectacular kayak and SUP, nature tours, rentals and...

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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Great kayaking trip!

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fort Washington, Maryland
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Fort Washington, Maryland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 at Hammocks Beach was available for walk-up rentals. They quickly fitted us in a double,... More 

Thank branstettersarah
2 reviews
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 a beautiful park and we had a great time. Do use sun screen and take... More 

Thank jasonpac
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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 11 year old son

Thank igtm
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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 the spectacular views along the way to the ocean!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
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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 & gear for the tour. Our guide Christa not only guided us thru the marshes, she... More 

Thank Frank V
1 review
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. Very responsive to inquiries and changes in our reservation.

Thank Michael Z
1 review
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. The tours are great too!

Thank Christa F
1 review
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 was fine since we were camping on the island. -- I decided to call ahead... More 

Thank Neil E
Walter M, Owner at Paddle NC, responded to this review

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 we try very hard to provide exceptional guest service and the best experiences possible. Part... More 

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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 windy the day we went, and the people renting the kayaks advised us to only... More 

Thank John W
Hillsborough, North Carolina
2 reviews
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Outstanding in every way. We made the trip as part of our 35th Wedding Anniversary celebration. The weather was perfect, so that certainly added to the experience ... but our guide - Christa - was terrific. Very knowledgeable, fun to be with, attentive to our safety and comfort. She was simply as good as it gets in a guide. The... More 

Thank kirkpell2016

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