Jen Rinaldi Photography

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Hammocks Beach State Park February 5, 2009

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With its lush forests‚ wide beaches and varied marine and wildlife‚ Onslow County’s coastal terrain offers diverse scenery and activities for nature enthusiasts.

Nearly 750‚000 people visit the county’s parks annually‚ according to Mac Sligh‚ director of the Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department. “We have some really wonderful natural resources and well-maintained facilities‚” he says.

One of the more historically and environmentally significant parks is Swansboro’s Hammocks Beach State Park. The nationally acclaimed nature preserve includes the 225-acre Huggins Island – which includes a rare maritime swamp forest – as well as the 892-acre Bear Island‚ one of the last unspoiled barrier islands in North Carolina.

With its sandy dunes‚ salt marshes‚ estuarine creeks‚ shrub thickets and maritime forest‚ Bear Island offers a peaceful alternative to overcrowded‚ commercialized beaches.

After accessing the island by private boat or the park’s own passenger ferry‚ guests can take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean‚ fish for puppy drum‚ flounder‚ trout and blue fish‚ marvel at marine life found in the tidal pools and mudflats‚ or hike 3.5 miles of undisturbed beaches.

Visitors also may be greeted by migratory birds‚ raccoons‚ foxes‚ ghost crabs or 150- to 300-pound loggerhead sea turtles.

To read more click HERE.

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7 Responses to “Hammocks Beach State Park”

  1. julielawsonphotography Says:

    Very informative and the image is so beautiful!

  2. suehenryphotography Says:

    Love the sun flare, glitter-like reflections on the water, and the cool (as in opposite of warm) tonal processing.

  3. What a lovely place. I wonder how long it will take me to get there from England!? Absolutely love the picture. The vignette makes it perfect. Great colour and as Sue said, the flare just sets it off a treat.

  4. colblue Says:

    What an awesome flare. It’s already been said but, nice colouring!

  5. Chris Says:

    Ok, it was really bright that day and I was afraid we wouldn’t find a lot of things that would photograph very well, but this photo turned out amazing. Very nice shot, Jen!

  6. oscarstavern Says:

    OOOh Nice! Lets go there!

  7. you take the most inviting photographs.


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