Ocracoke Island, North Carolina is presently known as home to wild ponies and an island community that preserves a special lifestyle. During the late 1700s and early 1800s, Ocracoke prospered as a main hub for transporting cargo to the mainland. Ocracoke became a link in the supply lines for the colonies during the Revolution. Ocracoke also housed a naval base during World War II. The vast waters off of Ocracoke became known as Torpedo Junction as U-boats threatened the coastal defenses of the United States. U-boat torpedo casualties are buried in the British Cemetery in Ocracoke Village.
Come visit the British Cemetery and Ocracoke’s 188 year old lighthouse. Ocracoke also offers art studios, charming cafes, unique gift shops, beautiful sandy beaches and pirate hideouts. Ocracoke beach vacations are chock full of beautiful seaside sights and enchanting history. Ocracoke beach vacations give you a chance to go surfing and fishing in the same waters that the pirate Blackbeard roamed.
Take an ecology tour on a sailboat or just lounge in the sun on the sandy, glistening beaches. You can plan an Ocracoke adventure as active or as relaxing as you like.
Call the Hyde County Chamber of Commerce at 252-926-9171 and ask for a Visitor Guide. You can also visit us on the web at www.hydecountychamber.org. Experience the joy of history, mystery, and intrigue!