Hi dbug, yes you have to take a taxi. But they are the cheapest anywhere. It is per trip not per person. So get as many friends in to split it with.
I am not sure of the hammocks, LHP is the one to ask and she will prolly see this and respond.
Here is a link
Not raised here, but lived here for 24 years more than half my life on this stretch of sand. My parents live in Conway. I love small SC towns too and get down to the lake at Manning every chance I get
I got lost in Shallotte once trying to make a Sunday beer run to Calabash and the store was closed back during my wild young days