National Park Service

Ocracoke is an island that’s practically a National Park.

The National Park Service (NPS) has an enormous presence on Ocracoke Island, because the majority of the island is designated as part of the Hatteras National Seashore and federally protected. It’s the reason the island can boast miles of undeveloped, protected beaches, and why Mother Nature is so pristine here.

The NPS offers a wide variety of interpretive programs, guided walks, and ranger programs—and each is a great way to explore the island. Turtle talks, Seashore Arts, and Evening Campfire are some of the most popular kids’ programs. The Visitor Center the NPS manages and maintains is a great place to learn about the island ponies and seashore history.

The Ocracoke National Park Service Visitor Center and bookstore is located along the shores of Silver Lake, across from the Ocracoke Preservation Society at the southern tip of the village, adjacent to the Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferry terminal. It is open 7 days a week throughout the year, except Christmas.