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“For Ferry only”

Ocracoke Island Visitor Center
Ranked #6 of 30 things to do in Ocracoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Pick up information about the island, view exhibits and visit the bookshop. You can also arrange to use the Park Service docks, pick up maps of the bike paths, and attend free summer programs run by the Rangers.
Reviewed 24 April 2014

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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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We recently ( April 12 and 14, 2014, ) went bicycling on Ocracoke Island. We started at our rental house on Hatteras, rode the ferry to Ocracoke and biked the 14 miles into the village.
The ferry was so smooth on both of our daytrips that the bikes literally stood in place on their kickstands. The ride into the village beginning at the ferry drop off is nothing more than riding down a thin shoulder on the road. Traffic was very light since the road only connects the village with the ferry at that point. After about 6 miles, you reach the Ocracoke Ponies Corral, there is a decent rest stop with picnic tables under shade trees ( very rare along this stretch ). From the ponies to the National Parks Campground the shoulder gets nice and wide, about 2 feet. After the National Parks Campground there is an approx 5 foot wide walking / biking lane that runs all the way to the village. Overall a nice ride with a couple rest areas with port a pots along the way. Make sure to carry plenty of water during summer rides and use plenty of sun screen. We will be sure to repeat this ride on future visits.

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Reviewed 6 December 2013

The ferry ride is the highlight of the visit. As noted elsewhere, in summer the wait for the ferry can be a bummer. Bring a good book and some food the the gulls during the ride.

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Staff very nice & friendly, helpful info. Typical books, & nick-knacks to sell, pamphlets, handouts. Lots of information of the area. Good location by ferry terminal if you're coming from Cedar Is. If from Hatteras you may not see it until you venture down that way.

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

The ferry to link you with Cedar Islands is a short but nice open ride. Laughing seagulls chases the boats, so bring some food for them to get them eating out of your hands while they are hovering in air. The wait in summer can be a nightmare, and tickets should be pre-booked.

Thank Adele H
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