National Park Service
The majority of Ocracoke Island is designated as part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is federally protected, which is why the island can boast miles of undeveloped, protected beaches in a pristine environment. Ocracoke is proud to have some of the best wildlife habitats, natural ecosystems and night skies on the east coast.
The National Park Service (NPS) offers a wide variety of free educational programs for adults and children—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 at Silver Lake is a great place to learn about the island ponies and the history of our seashore.
As part of ensuring our beaches remain pristine, the NPS manages off-road vehicle permits for beach driving, beach fire permits, and reservations for the beachfront campground (located approximately 3 miles from the village.) Apply for an off-road vehicle permit here, a free beach fire permit here, or reserve a spot at the NPS beachfront campground here.