Owned by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and maintained by the National Park Service, this beautiful environment provides the perfect venue for swimming, surf fishing, surfing and boating. Because of its proximity to the Gulf Stream, Ocracoke’s temperate weather also welcomes vacationers all year long.
World-class shelling, biking, bird watching and kayaking are just a few of the activities that await “off-season” visitors. What distinguishes this particular area of the Outer Banks from the rest is its rich history, unique character and many activities available for all ages and parties.
The Island is accessible only by private plane, private boat, or one of the state-run ferries from Cedar Island, Swan Quarter, and Hatteras Village. These limited modes of access have helped preserve the old-time island way of life. Until the 1950s, the local residents lived in relative isolation. Their contact with the mainland was from daily trips by the mail boat and they made their living from fishing and hunting and as guides.
Located on North Carolina’s historic Outer Banks
Where pristine beaches stretch along 16 miles of coastline.
Ocracoke had long been the destination of wealthy hunters and fishermen and of mainland families who could afford to summer in the cool breezes that the island offered, but it was not until Highway 12 was paved and scheduled ferry service was offered in 1957 that Ocracoke Island was truly discovered.
There are plenty of adventures to take advantage of. From strolling through the village at night enjoying a sweet treat to having a cold beverage on the docks while listening to one of many great local bands, Ocracoke has something for everyone. For water fanatics, Ocracoke boasts some of the best fishing opportunities on the East Coast, and clamming, gigging, kayaking, parasailing, tubing, kiteboarding, and surfing are available.
For those with 4×4 vehicles, driving along the miles of undeveloped beaches is popular. Other activities include walking tours, wine tastings, horseback riding and visiting the many local art galleries, shops, and historic sites. Ocracoke has it all!