Section 38: The Outer Banks from Ocracoke to Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Approximately 82 miles not including the 31 mile ferry ride

NOTICE:  The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry has been unable to operate during some low tides, due to shoaling of the channel.  The Army Corps of Engineers are dredging the channel,  but be aware that service may be unreliable.  The current schedule and status can be obtained by calling the Hatteras terminal at 252-986-2353.

Take the Cedar Island Ferry to Ocracoke and hike up the Outer Banks past Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the small towns of Hatteras, Frisco, Buxton, Avon, Salvo, Waves, Rodanthe, Whalebone, and Nags Head to Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Camping is not allowed on the beach, but there are many private campgrounds, motels and other businesses for lodging and resupply.

Some areas of the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are closed to protect nest sites for shore birds and turtles. Check their website to determine the best hiking route.


Map of Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Map which shows restricted areas to protect shorebird habitat
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Friends of Jockey’s Ridge State Park
North Carolina Ferry Schedules
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce
Hyde County Chamber of Commerce
Dare County Visitors Bureau

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Cape Hatteras: Bob White Join us!