The ferry from Hatteras and back is free, which is the best thing. I believe it is run by the state. That said, it (being free) also makes it the worse thing. You arrive and have no idea what time you're getting on. I went from Hatteras to Ocracoke, arriving at 9:30, and didn't get on until 11 am. It's a crapshoot - between the commercial vehicles, which have priority, and others (legitimate or not) who are put into the priority line, it is hard to gauge how long it will take you to get to the island. Speaking of illegitimate, I saw two vehicles get put into the priority line from the "regular" line, where I was. Several people complained about this, and I overheard the worker saying that there were various reasons, such as having to catch a ferry from Ocracoke to another island. The two vehicles that were allowed to move to the priority line did not provide any paperwork to the employees, and perhaps BS'd their way into the priority line. When people view this, it doesn't sit well with them, as it didn't me. In fact, I saw one of the vehicles which got put into the lane subsequently enjoying their fishing on the Ocracoke point. Hmmm, what was their excuse? The only way to resolve this is to have a reservation system, even if you have to charge a nominal fee, which I'd be all for. With the current one hour ride to the island (due to dredging issues), I didn't get to the island until noon. I'm so glad I chose to not spend the week on the island. What a hassle to go on and off. If there is another place to submit this review, please advise.
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