Ocracoke Island began welcoming back visitors Friday, September
21, 2018. Ocracoke Village was spared any noticeable damage; the island remains
the same beautiful, friendly place that visitors know, love, and return to year
after year. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore's visitor center, off-road
vehicle permit office, and campground on Ocracoke Island also reopened to
visitors Friday morning.
At this time, the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry route is out of
service due to the damage sustained on HWY 12 at the north end of the island
from the pony pens to the ferry dock. NCDOT executed an emergency contract to
start repairs on the road and the sand dunes protecting it. Due to the Hatteras
to Ocracoke ferry route being out of service to the public, the NCDOT Ferry
Division has waived the tolls for all ferry traffic accessing Ocracoke.
The NCDOT Ferry Division will be operating the following ferry
schedules until the Hatteras to Ocracoke route is operational again. Their
reservation system is currently accepting reservations.
- Swan Quarter to Ocracoke - 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30pm,
and 6:30 p.m.
- Ocracoke to Swan Quarter - 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.,
and 9:30 p.m.
- Cedar Island to Ocracoke - 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
- Ocracoke to Cedar Island -
7:30am, 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Hyde County will also be activating the operation of our tram
service in Ocracoke to help with walk on traffic from the ferries. It is free
to use and available to anyone that would like to utilize it. The tram service
will be in operation starting Saturday, September 22 at 1 p.m. If you would
like to come to Ocracoke but were unable to secure a reservation on the
ferries, you can park your vehicle at the ferry terminal and walk on instead.
The trams will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., subject to change based
on demand, and will cycle approximately every 30 minutes. In addition to the
tram service, there are bikes, golf carts and 4x4 vehicle rentals available
from the private sector.
The trams are part of
the new passenger ferry service that will be coming to Ocracoke in the future.
The county has coordinated with the NCDOT Highway Division, NCDOT Ferry
Division, and the operator to begin tram service temporarily as a service to
our visitors. We are very excited to offer this service and believe it will be
a great convenience to our visitors.