The only way to reach Ocracoke Island is by ferry, private boat or plane. The lack of a bridge lends the island a remote feel, even though it’s only a few miles from Hatteras. People come to Ocracoke Island to get away from the world, and the island supports that experience perfectly.
Most of the island is undeveloped Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The National Park Service maintains the islands’ beautiful beaches, maritime forest areas, a primitive campground and the island’s population of formerly wild horses. Ocracoke Village is a magical place that surrounds a beautiful harbor. The island offers numerous rental homes, hotels, campgrounds and bed and breakfasts. Most people ride bikes or golf carts or walk around the village, strolling in and out of galleries, shops and restaurants. A myriad of shopping and eating experiences, several museums explaining Ocracoke's unique history, a lighthouse and a hiking trail through a maritime forest add to the allure of Ocracoke.