Road Travel to Ocracoke in the Outer Banks of North Carolina

View of Silver Lake in Ocracoke, North CarolinaView of Silver Lake in Ocracoke

One of our favorite destinations is the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and over the years we've stayed on many hotel and condo properties.

During our most recent trip, we drove from the south, arriving at Cedar Island and taking the ferry to Ocracoke.

With a year-round population of just under 1,000, Ocracoke Village is a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of mainland living.

Ocracoke Village is on the National Register of Historic Places, with houses and buildings dating from the 1880s, along with more recent additions under the canopy of live oaks, cedars, and yaupons.

At just a little over a square mile, and surrounded by water, everything within the Village of Ocracoke is conveniently located for walking or biking. Access is by private boat, small plane, or NCDOT ferry.

There's no commercial zoning on Ocracoke, so businesses can be found among rental cottages and year-round homes. A 10 p.m. noise ordinance keeps the village peaceful. And it's true ... when we were there it was amazing how quiet the village became right after nightfall.

On our last trip to Ocracoke, we stayed at the Anchorage Inn overlooking Silver Lake. Many other lodging options are available on the island. We enjoyed hot, steamed seafood delivered to our door from Captain Puddle Ducks' Seafood Steamer Pots.

Leaving Ocracoke, we headed north on NC Highway 12, crossed on the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry, toured Cape Hatteras, Roanoke Island, Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills.

We are looking forward to our next trip to Ocracoke soon!

Photographs from Around the Ocracoke Area

Arriving at the North Carolina state line near the Atlantic Coast
Arriving at the North Carolina state line near the Atlantic Coast

Welcome to Cedar Island ... Gateway to the Outer Banks
Welcome to Cedar Island ... Gateway to the Outer Banks

Cedar Island Rest Area & Information Center, and ferry landing to Ocracoke
Cedar Island Rest Area & Information Center, and ferry landing to Ocracoke

Cruising aboard the Cedar Island to Ocracoke ferry in North Carolina
Cruising aboard the Cedar Island to Ocracoke ferry in North Carolina

View of Silver Lake in Ocracoke, North Carolina
View of Silver Lake in Ocracoke, North Carolina


 

Another view of Silver Lake and Pamlico Sound in Ocracoke, seen from the Anchorage Inn
View from Destin's East Pass Towers to the Gulf of Mexic
Ocracoke Island Light Station, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Ocracoke Island Light Station, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

View of the Ocracoke Island Light Station
View of the Ocracoke Island Light Station

Inside our suite at the Anchorage Inn in Ocracoke
Inside our suite at the Anchorage Inn in Ocracoke

Steamed crabs, shrimp, clams and more delivered to our door from Captain Puddle Ducks' Seafood Steamer Pots
Steamed crabs, shrimp, clams and more delivered to our door from Captain Puddle Ducks' Seafood Steamer Pots

Sunset over Silver Lake in Ocracoke, with the ferry docked (right side of the photo)
Sunset over Silver Lake in Ocracoke, with the ferry docked (right side of the photo)


Sunset over Silver Lake and Ocracoke harbor, seen from the Anchorage Inn
View from Destin's East Pass Towers to the Gulf of Mexic

Cape Hatteras Light Station in the North Carolina Outer Banks
Cape Hatteras Light Station in the North Carolina Outer Banks


 

Bodie Island Light Station in the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Bodie Island Light Station in the Outer Banks of North Carolina

The beautiful beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks, along NC Highway 12
The beautiful beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks, along NC Highway 12

Monument to Wilbur and Orville Wright at the Wright Brothers National Memorial
Monument to Wilbur and Orville Wright at the Wright Brothers National Memorial



Interactive Map of the Ocracoke Island Area in the North Carolina Outer Banks

For More Information about Ocracoke

OcracokeVillage.com - Services, shopping, dining, fishing, map and more

NCDOT Ferry Information and Schedules