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Ocracoke Pony Pens

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Pretty Horses

I did not know about the pony pens prior to this trip. The pony pen area is rather large. There... read more

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Vonnie J
Greenville, North Carolina
Have to do it once

It was a good diversion for the young grandkids, but otherwise there is not a lot to see. Be sure... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Richmond, Virginia
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U.S. National Park Service manages a wild pony herd that lives in a penned area on Ocracoke Island.
Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
+1 252-928-4531
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Normally, you can only see them from atop a platform, across 2 fences, 20 feet away, at best. If you're driving from the Hatteras Island ferry, it's just on the side of the road, so it's worth a stop. But ... once a day, about...More

4  Thank Alexander Z
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 January 2013

I'm a local (Down East Carteret County). Want to see real wild ponies? Go further south (take the Ocracoke/Cedar Island Ferry and then take the small, daily ferry out of Beaufort, NC - which doesn't run in the winter) and see the REAL wild ponies...More

3  Thank David18748947
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really there isn't much to see. There is a walking path and a plaque explains how they got there. Smells like horses and the NPS is the one who take care of them.

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Reviewed yesterday

I did not know about the pony pens prior to this trip. The pony pen area is rather large. There is a raised deck from which the horses can be viewed, and also a short boardwalk alongside a fence to go for viewing. Most of...More

Thank Vonnie J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a good diversion for the young grandkids, but otherwise there is not a lot to see. Be sure to go down the unmarked path to find more ponies!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We just expected something more here maybe it was due to time of year. Little one was excited to see one of the ponies eating near the fence

Thank 5er5ter
Reviewed 16 September 2018

It was fun to see the Ocracoke ponies. They were fairly close to the fence and there is a platform where you can view them. It is so amazing that these wild horses have been living on the Outer Banks all these years, despite the...More

Thank mjshss2
Reviewed 7 September 2018

You should make the quick stop to see these unique wild ponies. They are a big part of the OBX history. If you or the kids love horses then this is worth you 10 minutes.

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 19 August 2018

The Ocracoke outer banks ponies used to run wild on the island. Islanders had picket fences around their houses to keep them out of their gardens, but since Hwy 12 was built in the 1960s the ponies had to be penned in their own preserve...More

Thank Edward N
Reviewed 19 August 2018

You can climb up on an observation deck and see a few ponies inside a fenced enclosure. Really...that’s it.

Thank Jeff K
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

After disembarking the Hatteras ferry onto Ocracoke Island, make sure to pull off Highway 12 and admire the wild ponies in the pen. You can even adopt one of the ponies when you stop in the park office in the Village! Visiting the wild ponies...More

Thank dianedarcy63
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

You will ponies wondering around right from the road. But if you talk the boardwalk and go up to the overlook you will have a chance to see more ponies.

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