Ocracoke Island, Beaches in North Carolina Outer Banks - Tourist Attractions, Lighthouse, Wild Ponies, Family Vacation Spots and Other Places of Interest

Silver Lake is on Ocracoke Island which is on the NC Outer Banks. It is a beautiful place to be at sunset. You can fish or crab here. There are a few marinas in the area. Residents call it the creek.

Ocracoke lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on the NC coast. It is the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the nation. The oldest being the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey. The Ocracoke lighthouse is located off NC 12. Its light is visible 14 miles out to sea.

The wild ponies on Ocracoke Island are in fenced pastures to keep them from getting onto the highway. The national park service feed the ponies every day. A veterinarian tends to the animals when medical care is needed. Like all the wild horses on the coast of NC, it is thought that these ponies are descendents of Spanish mustangs that survived a shipwreck hundreds of years ago.

 

Ocracoke Beach

Ocracoke Beach is maintained by the national park service. It is located on the Outer banks of North Carolina. It is an excellent beach with a gradual slope into the ocean making this a good location for swimming. This beach is 5 miles long. There is a bathhouse with shower here. If you bring your pet, it must be on a leash.

According to MSN travel featured article in June 2007, Ocracoke beach was named the best beach in the USA topping Florida and Hawaii beaches. The beaches are undisturbed and unspoiled. There are lifeguards here too. This is my idea of a vacation when you can getaway from it all. Iíve been to Atlantic City New Jersey Beach, it was so crowded you could barely find a place in the sand. Ocracoke Island is apart of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and located on the North Carolina coast.

 

In the Area

The Hatteras Ferry goes from Hatteras Village to Ocracoke Island. The ferry service is first come first serve. It departs every 30 minutes and is available from the middle of April until the middle of October. What's really cool the ride is that sea gulls follow the boat hoping you will feed them. Some of the birds are tame enough to eat from your hands.

Portsmouth Island is on the Outer Banks of NC. It is located across the Ocracoke Inlet. It is apart of the North Core Banks and is within the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There is a ferry to the Island from Ocracoke Island. You will need to bring drinking water with you and take your trash back with you as there are no facilities on the island.