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 sound-side beach overlooking Teach’s Hole—the place where Blackbeard the pirate was killed in 1718.

Springer’s Point is located near the Ocracoke Lighthouse on Loop Road and is open year-round in daylight hours only. Biking or walking to get there is recommended because there is no parking for vehicles at the trailhead. Ocracoke Assembly of God Church is less than 1/2 mile down the road and offers parking by donation.

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Hammock Hills Nature Trail
Marsh views, old dunes, and a diverse collection of plants and wildlife. Bring your four-legged friends for an easy hike through some of the highest wooded points on the island.
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Portsmouth Island
Located a short boat ride away from Ocracoke Island stands a historic village on Portsmouth Island. Here, you’ll find a post office, church, schoolhouse, Lifesaving Station, and many lovely homes. The only thing missing is people.
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Beaches
Sixteen miles of secluded, natural beaches with no houses or high rises in sight. It’s the perfect place for shelling, surf fishing, swimming, and endless walks. Grab take-out for dinner under the stars around a campfire on the beach. Or go for a sunrise drive along the water’s edge in a 4x4 vehicle. It’s all waiting to be explored.
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