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Ocracoke Travel Guide: 99 reviews and 225 photos

You can only get to Ocracoke Island by boat or plane. Ocracoke is in Hyde County and is one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina where the pirate Blackbeard is known to have once hung out. The island is noted for fishing and birdwatching.

The first European visitor was probably Sir Walter Raleigh's 1585 colony in their flagship, "Tiger" which ran aground on a sand bar in Ocracoke Inlet and was forced to land on the island for repairs.

The name Ocracoke is undoubtedly Indian in origin. It was shown on the earliest maps as "Woccocon". In 1715, the name had become Ococcock and soon after shown on maps as Ocracoke.

Established as a port in 1715, Ocracoke (pronounced OHK-ruh-coke) grew in importance until 1787, when 697 vessels reached North Carolina through Ocracoke Inlet. The village of Ocracoke, on the southern soundside, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It includes the 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse as well as several historic commercial building and over 100 homes.

The town is laid out with Old World irregularity along sandy streets overhung with moss-covered oaks and yaupon.

This picture is probably of the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage (of the Ocracoke Lighthouse). The house is now occupied by Park Service personnel; please respect their privacy.

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  • Pros:Quiet
  • Cons:Isolated
  • Last visit to Ocracoke: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated May 26, 2005
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  • Dec 3, 2006 at 8:52 AM

    The best burgers on OBX. The fresh fish sandwiches are awesome...great views, friendly place

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    Oct 19, 2006 at 7:42 PM

    Hi GrandmaR, I was on Ocracoke during the May 13, 2005 British Cemetary rememberance and heard the 21 gun salute from the trailer I was staying in. Also my birthday weekend. The local kindergarten class walked down to observe the ceremony, too.

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    May 25, 2005 at 9:20 AM

    Nice beginning on Ocracoke. I don't believe I have made it that far south yet.


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