About Ocracoke

The island of Ocracoke was shaped by the sea and is one of North Carolina’s Outer Banks barrier islands. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore surrounds the village and the island features over sixteen miles of undeveloped natural beaches. Ocracoke is assessable by ferry via Cape Hatteras, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter or by private plane via a small island airport. The Village of Ocracoke is sequestered at the southwest end of the island. The first European settlers on Ocracoke were boat pilots who guided ships through the shoals of Ocracoke Inlet. In 1718 an early part-time resident, the pirate Blackbeard, lost his life – and his head – just offshore in an area known as Teach’s Hole. The picturesque Ocracoke Lighthouse was constructed in 1823 to help with navigation, but dangerous shoals and currents were a constant threat. The area’s reputation as the Graveyard of the Atlantic was well deserved and stories of shipwrecks are still popular topics of conversation on the island. Today Ocracoke remains a favorite destination for anyone looking for adventure on the water or just a place to relax on “island time” browsing through local shops, dining on fresh seafood from local waters or just wandering about on foot, bikes or golf carts.

What makes Ocracoke special? Its incredibly beautiful, untouched and undeveloped beaches. Its easy access to both ocean and sound. Its amazing diversity of sea and shore wildlife. Its tiny close knit community of people – island natives and new comers alike – who work together and play together. Its island entrepreneurs whose passion and creative vision reflect a way of life. Its reputation as a warm and welcoming home away from home for visitors from all walks of life. Whatever your pleasure, Ocracoke offers something for everyone.

Pelican statue

For interactive maps and complete information about Ocracoke, see the Ocracoke Navigator at www.ocracokenavigator.com

Local news and events are available at the Ocracoke Current www.ocracokecurrent.com and the Ocracoke Observer www.ocracokeobserver.com

Ocracoke Island