This is a good paddle year round: what makes it especially good right now? It’s the only way to get to the island. After an easy 2-mile paddle through a shallow, relatively protected marsh on a well-marked canoe trail, this three-mile-long barrier island awaits. Walk the lonely beach front devoid of the sun worshippers and picnickers who will soon descend, return through inland dunes and maritime forest. Note that this all ends once Hammocks Beach State Park fires up its ferry service for the season, on a limited bases beginning April 1, full-time, seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Until then, you’ll be so enchanted you won’t want to leave — and you needn’t (at least for a few days), thanks to the island’s 14 campsites.


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