New Off Road Vehicle Regulations
New off road vehicle (ORV) regulations are now in effect. Please check here for information on how to get your ORV permit More »
Beach Fire Permits are required
Beach Fire Permits are now required. These permits are free. Please check here for information on how to get your Beach Fire Permit More »
The Ocracoke ponies are some of the island's most beloved residents. The National Park Service has cared for the herd since the early 1960s. But taking care of the Ocracoke herd takes both time and money. An unexpected illness to just one of the ponies can cost hundreds of dollars in veterinarian fees. The fences in the pasture, hay, grain and customary care from the veterinarian and blacksmith are funded in large part by donations from the donation box at the viewing platform.
You can help the Ocracoke ponies by adopting the pony of your choice through the Adopt a Pony program. Your $27 donation is used exclusively to help defray the costs of veterinary care, feed and hay, and the repair of the pony pasture and facilities. In return, you receive a photo and certificate of adoption with the pony's name, age, and description in a presentation folder.
To adopt a pony, mail the completed "Adopt-A-Pony" form (pdf) and a $27 check or money order (made out to National Park Service) to: Attn: Adopt-A-Pony, National Park Service, Ocracoke Ranger Station, P.O. Box 340, Ocracoke, NC 27960. Or you can save $2.00 and stop at the Ocracoke Visitor Center between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily and adopt a pony in person.
Did You Know?
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.