Ocracoke Island’s terrain is comfortably flat with minimal hills, which makes for an easy and enjoyable ride no matter how much experience you have. Single-speed beach cruiser bikes with coaster brakes are all that’s needed to get around.

Biking is one of the most efficient ways to get around the island, especially during peak season when roads can be a bit crowded or when visiting sites with limited to no parking available (like Springer’s Point Nature Preserve). There are bike racks outside almost every restaurant, shop, and gallery on the island, as well as at the beach. A wide, dual-use paved path begins just outside the village and runs along the beach, past trail heads, the Pony Pens, and other sites.

If you can’t bring your own bike, rent one here. Bikes are available hourly, daily, or weekly from several outfitters. A light is required when riding at night, and helmets are encouraged for all. Per North Carolina law, children younger than 16 are required to wear a helmet on a bike.

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Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
Glide along the smooth open water of the Pamlico Sound. If you enjoy kayaking or paddle boarding—or ever wanted to try them in a safe, spacious place—Ocracoke Island is for you.
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Birdwatching
More than 400 species of birds, passing through, weathering a storm, making a home, or moving on. Grab your binoculars and download the latest birding app because you’re going to need them here.
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Marinas
From quick, no-frills slips to marinas with pubs, ramps, and abundant island activities (think: jet ski rentals and more), Ocracoke Island is more than a place to park your boat.
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