At the southwest end of a tiny island thrusting into the Atlantic lies the second oldest operating lighthouse in America. Its beacon winks each night every ten seconds or so over Ocracoke Village, nestled around scenic Silver Lake Harbor. Ocracoke Island is a site where life exists on the Outer Banks as it was 30, 50, even 100 years ago. Here, interspersed among the old clapboard island homes, are a school, post office, two churches, and a sprinkling of stores, motels, and restaurants. Accessible only by ferry, a day trip to Ocracoke includes southern hospitality, unique shopping and wonderful seafood in its restaurants. The Hatteras Inlet ferry ride is free and promises 60 minutes of fun, excitement, and restful contemplation.
Enjoy the scenic, 1 hour ferry ride across the Hatteras Inlet and the 15 minute drive into town from the docks. This ferry service is free. You can catch the ferry at the end of Hatteras village every hour. Complete Ferry Schedule
Recently, an Express Passenger Ferry service became available to folks wishing to travel without their vehicle. Ocracoke Express runs 7 days a week and includes a free tram service to carry visitors around Ocracoke Village. Bikes and golf carts are also available for rent. Reservations can be made online at www.ncferry.org and on the phone at 1-800-BY-FERRY.
Although it is not open for climbing, this 75 foot lighthouse is a must-see. It is located in the heart of downtown Ocracoke and boasts an amazing landscape. The colors make an amazing backdrop for family or wedding photos. It is free to visit, but don't forget your camera!