Visiting Ocracoke

Visiting Ocracoke




Thinking about visiting Ocracoke Island for the first time during our vacation. Been to OBX dozens of times but have never made it to Ocracoke.

What are the must see spots to visit on the island? Looking for most photogenic spots too.

Thanks!


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It's not too big so rent a golf cart for the day and you will see it all. Go see this white thing!




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Thinking about visiting Ocracoke Island for the first time during our vacation. Been to OBX dozens of times but have never made it to Ocracoke.

What are the must see spots to visit on the island? Looking for most photogenic spots too.

Thanks!

ByTheBayPhotos


When's your trip? The Ocrafolk Festival will be June 7-9 this year! I really love Ocracoke. So many cute shops, restaurants and such to visit all clustered at the southern end of the island. Not sure what you like, but Zillie's is a great little bar, there's also the British Cemetery, stroll down Howard Street, walk to Springer's Point. I love the waterfront at Silver Lake; just eating, drinking and watching the pelicans. Nice, big beaches if you have 4x4, too.


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We're hoping to visit for a day next month. This is what are planning, although we may not get to do all of it:

Visit lifeguarded beach (doesn't require 4x4)
Rent bikes to get around the village
Springer's Point
Nature trail at Hammock Hills
Lunch somewhere
See the lighthouse
British Cemetery

Whatever else we find that looks interesting.


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What everyone above has recommended and also a stop at the Pony Pens and beach access just after the Ferry. We also enjoyed the tour of the Preservation Society Museum. I sure hope you make the trip and can take a ton of pictures. Love your photography!! Camera Star


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If you like beer, check out the brewery. Snag a table (and more beer!) at sMacNally’s on the harbor about 3-3:30 and watch the charters start coming in about 4 to check out the catch.


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What everyone else said. It's not a large island and there's pretty much just one main road. Take a look at the maps here:

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I haven't done it, but I hear Hammock Hills Nature Trail has some photograph opportunities. If you're up for another boat ride, I'd recommend going over to Portsmouth Island. We did that last year and it was great. A lot of photographic opportunities in the abandon village as well as the rest of the island. Well worth the trip.

John


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Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. Headed down this weekend. Hopefully will make the trip over to the island!


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We take 1 day to go over there and spend the better part of the day. We like to get on the Ferry very early and head straight to town. We walk every where and just relax. Howard’s Pub is the dinner spot and a sunset ferry ride back. Go and have fun. No time table just Island time.


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I love Ocracoke...some of my favorites, as previously mentioned; the lighthouse of course, S’MacNallys, Daijo’s, Hammock Hills trail, Springer’s Point, definitely the Preservation Museum (the ‘porch talks’ are fun), meandering through the village on a golf cart and stopping to browse in the eclectic array of shops. And then there’s the beach....absolutely fantastic!






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With your photography skills, I bet you could get some good shots from Springer's Point and if you took a boat over to Portsmouth Island. What use to be nothing but woods are now houses, but if you can get along the sound over by Tom Neal drive, probably some good shots there with the sunset and some cloud magic. If you have a 4x4 and a NPS permit, there are a few access points along 12 to the sound. Any of them would produce great sunset shots. The area around Jolly Roger could be interesting to shoot. Hitting the ferry ride at sunset is always beautiful, but it can be a risk. We hit it once... mostly by accident. Looking forward to some of those photos!!


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Across from The Castle is The Whittlers Club on Silver Lake. Lots of cool photo ops there and all along that area. Also out on Oyster Creek and Cuttin Sage road.

The “ramp” out to southpoint is not 4wd until you get out to the beach. Plenty of pretty spots and turn arounds if you can’t go in deep sand. Ramp 72?

The otters are sometimes active back behind the village ferry docks to SQ/Cedar Island. Lots of hermit crabs on the breakwater out there in summertime...

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Biking out ramp 72 to southpoint by Marcia Cline, my friend and old co-worker at Papagayos, KDH.




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Long time visitor to the Outer Banks, finally checked off "Stay on Ocracoke" from the bucket list in 2015. Absolutely loved it. We did everything by bike. Barely used the car except to go out to the public beach. We had good food at most of the places we went, but a couple of the food trucks stuck out in my mind. Think one was Eduardo's and there was another one we were doing breakfast at. It was a blast. Lots of cool sights...would love to go back.


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Across from The Castle is The Whittlers Club on Silver Lake. Lots of cool photo ops there and all along that area. Also out on Oyster Creek and Cuttin Sage road.

The “ramp” out to southpoint is not 4wd until you get out to the beach. Plenty of pretty spots and turn arounds if you can’t go in deep sand. Ramp 72?

The otters are sometimes active back behind the village ferry docks to SQ/Cedar Island. Lots of hermit crabs on the breakwater out there in summertime...

hoi toide


That is 72. Technically a beach permit is required to drive on it. Lots of folks don’t though. Don’t know how the NPS cops treat that.


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Looking forward to your pictures if you go. I have wanted to go since forever. One of our members, Sheller, used to post beautiful pictures of her stays on Ocracoke. Problem is I am a north of the Bonner girl and the just never make the trip.

I also follow Philip Howards blog, "Ocracoke Island Journal". Great stories and history of Ocracoke!


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Across from The Castle is The Whittlers Club on Silver Lake. Lots of cool photo ops there and all along that area. Also out on Oyster Creek and Cuttin Sage road.

The “ramp” out to southpoint is not 4wd until you get out to the beach. Plenty of pretty spots and turn arounds if you can’t go in deep sand. Ramp 72?

The otters are sometimes active back behind the village ferry docks to SQ/Cedar Island. Lots of hermit crabs on the breakwater out there in summertime...

hoi toide


That is 72. Technically a beach permit is required to drive on it. Lots of folks don’t though. Don’t know how the NPS cops treat that.

JohnMosesBrowning

Depends on the day.
I have personally seen them tell some to leave immediately and have seen others who had the permit but had it improperly displayed but valid permit and had left their truck to walk down the beach get a HUGE orange abandoned vehicle tag placed directly over the drivers vision area by the ranger ( Ranger Goad) I was told he has been transferred since then but have no idea if he is still here.
I think they really try for voluntary compliance and other than the 1 instance I have always found them to be polite and professional.

As a photographer I would think the beach and park would offer some amazing settings to get some nice photos. Other areas to consider are the area(s) behind the pony pen and the areas around north and south bitterswash creeks.


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Really appreciate all the information and suggestions!!


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I’ll be there in a week and cant hardly wait. Not sure what time of day you’ll get there, but if it’s breakfast time get a “Hot Mess” at Eduardo’s. As others stated 1718 Brewery is a good stop and sMacnallys is a must. South Point at Sunset is a tough view to beat. But I’d definitely rent a golf cart and cruise the whole village, it’s a great place to visit.


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We used to stay on Hatteras, but started staying on Ocracoke about 5 years and absolutely love it. We head down this Thursday for our 2 week stay. I think all the highlights have been Mentioned except one....the sunset sail from silver lake. It is so peaceful and beautiful watching the sun set while your out on the water. Very reasonably priced too.


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With your photography skills, I bet you could get some good shots from Springer's Point and if you took a boat over to Portsmouth Island. What use to be nothing but woods are now houses, but if you can get along the sound over by Tom Neal drive, probably some good shots there with the sunset and some cloud magic. If you have a 4x4 and a NPS permit, there are a few access points along 12 to the sound. Any of them would produce great sunset shots. The area around Jolly Roger could be interesting to shoot. Hitting the ferry ride at sunset is always beautiful, but it can be a risk. We hit it once... mostly by accident. Looking forward to some of those photos!!

DeanK


One of my best OBX shots was on a sunset ride back to Hatteras. We try to get the sunset ferry home on every trip.




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Not sure with the full moon currently how that will effect viewing The Milky Way, but Ocracoke beaches are some of the best for that. Hatteras too. I know zero about nighttime photography but I’ve seen spectacular shots and personally love lying on the beach at night there to view The Milky Way.


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Is there any day hat is better to visit Ocracoke ferry traffic wise? We are going in 3 weeks and plan to be on the ferry by 9:00. Is that early enough?


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Is there any day hat is better to visit Ocracoke ferry traffic wise? We are going in 3 weeks and plan to be on the ferry by 9:00. Is that early enough?

2boysmom

Sunday and Monday are the best days to go. You might have a short wait at 9am, but on Sun/Mon it shouldn't be bad. The earlier you get there the better.

John


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I'm really enjoying this thread, lots of helpful advice on things to see and do.

It's possible we'll spend a day in Ocracoke this year. I don't have a 4x4 so no beach driving for me, but are there spots that are better for beachcombing than others? Thanks.


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