Ranked as the best beach in America by Dr. Beach in 2022, Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and operated by the National Park Service. […]

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) offers a variety of nature-focused educational programs for adults and children, which are free and only require a simple reservation. They also staff the Ocracoke […]

Ocracoke Banker Ponies

Several hundreds of years ago, a shipwreck just offshore left a herd of Spanish mustangs stranded on Ocracoke Island. Their descendants still thrive here today. These ponies are a rare […]

Ocracoke Lighthouse

Built in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North Carolina and the second oldest in the nation. It shines with 8,000 candlepower and can be […]

Springer’s Point Nature Preserve

This 122-acre nature preserve is open to the public and includes a 0.8-mile nature trail that winds through a maritime forest, salt marsh, and wet grasslands before ending at a […]

Hammock Hills Nature Trail

Over the course of a 0.75-mile loop, Hammock Hills Nature Trail runs through some of the highest points on the island and offers an up-close experience with a diverse collection […]

Portsmouth Island

Established in 1753, Portsmouth Island was one of largest settlements along the Outer Banks, but changing shipping routes, the Civil War, and a lagging economy caused many people to leave […]