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Ocracoke Pony Pens

#7 of 30 things to do in Ocracoke Features Animals
Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
+1 252-928-4531
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Beautiful Horses

The ponies at the Ocracoke Pony Pens are certainly beautiful animals. That being said, I would not... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Nancy C
Libertyville, Illinois
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We were expecting to see wild ponies running free, perhaps with at least a little bit of a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alliance, Ohio
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U.S. National Park Service manages a wild pony herd that lives in a penned area on Ocracoke Island.
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Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
+1 252-928-4531
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The ponies at the Ocracoke Pony Pens are certainly beautiful animals. That being said, I would not advise making a special trip to Ocracoke just to see them, as they are just wonderful animals standing in a pen. If you are making a day of...More

Thank Nancy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were expecting to see wild ponies running free, perhaps with at least a little bit of a challenge to find them within the acreage. These were in a corral next to the parking lot. Looked a lot like the ponies on any farm. See...More

Thank WiseJack
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just another quick stop on ocracoke won't take long but has a little history. Ponies are very small and you can't touch or feed but it's ten feet from highway

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you arrive by the Hatteras Ferry, one of the first things you will see is the pull-off and pens for the Ocracoke ponies. If you love horses, you will stop. You may or may not get a good glimpse of the ponies but remember...More

Thank KeepRocks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

These are no wild horses. It is much like looking at horses in someone's field. I understand that they had to fence the horses to save them from the road and I appreciate the effort to preserve the herd... But don't expect to see wild...More

Thank Xenia S
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

It's a fun, very quick stop. They don't seem as wild as you may be hoping for though. The biggest disappointments were the fact that the trail along it was closed with caution tape and that there was basically no information on the display board...More

Thank Leslie W
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

The story of these ponies is interesting but the facility isn't. Most days there is only a long distance view of the horse-sized ponies.

Thank DonM4720
Reviewed 28 April 2017

The stop is quick, and the pony pen easy to view, You do need to walk across the highway and can climb up a platform for an even better view than I had from the ground. Interesting information posted, There is a ramp to walk...More

Thank EastTNTraveler
Reviewed 24 April 2017

We went to Ocracoke Island to see the wild ponies. We were not aware that they were corralled and very much not "wild" behind the fences where they were fed and even had barns. Looking at them at the look out site was much like...More

Thank lcunningham76
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Almost our entire Ferry crew made the same stop to the Pony Pens. There isn't much to do at the pens but my kids were so excited to see the ponies. The mosquitoes were really bad though. Apply some bug spray before heading over.

Thank dmsimpso2002
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