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Located across the inlet from Ocracoke, Portsmouth Island is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Portsmouth was once the largest settlement on the Outer Banks.
Built in 1823, the Ocracoke lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina still in continuous service and the second oldest in the United States in continuous service.
Springer's Point offers more than 120 acres of maritime forest, tidal red cedar forest, salt marsh, tidal ponds, grasslands and sound front beach. Springer's Point has been designated as one of the state's significant natural heritage areas because of its unique maritime forest and importance to coastal birds.
Visit real wild ponies that trace their ancestry to 16th century Spanish Mustangs! Legend has it that the ponies escaped and survived shipwrecks on the shoals of North Carolina.
The Hammock Hills Nature Trail provides a great experience for nature lovers and offers an environment perfect for bird watchers. An observation deck at mid-point in the trail offers amazing views of Pamlico Sound. The trail features informative signposts along the way.

On May 11, 1942, about 40 miles south of Ocracoke, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the British vessel HMS Bedfordshire. The...

Ocracoke Island is a shelling paradise. Shelling enthusiasts could spend a lifetime looking for Whelks, Moon Shells, Coquina Shells, Helmet Conchs, Olive Shells, and Periwinkles. Find the best shelling beaches on the east coast.

The Village Craftsmen Gift Shop, owned by local historian Philip Howard, offers ghost walk tours. These tours last 90 minutes and gives...

Biking the narrow streets around the village makes this mode of transportation one of the fastest, especially during the summer months. Bikes can be rented through hourly, daily, or weekly through Beach Outfitters
Outer Banks Fishing
Ocracoke Island has the best fishing on the Outer Banks. Miles of undeveloped shoreline allow for endless surf fishing options and the nearby Gulf Steam has world-renowned offshore charter fishing.