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Ocracoke Pony Pens

Features Animals
Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
+1 252-928-4531
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Not much to see

Having been to Chincoteague, we found this rather disappointing. It's just horses in a barnyard... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
West Virginia
Pony Pens

Looked like horses to us. A few at the back, hard to see. Observation deck was nice if there was... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Amarillo, Texas
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U.S. National Park Service manages a wild pony herd that lives in a penned area on Ocracoke Island.
  • Excellent22%
  • Very good23%
  • Average41%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible3%
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“viewing deck” (6 reviews)
Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
+1 252-928-4531
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having been to Chincoteague, we found this rather disappointing. It's just horses in a barnyard and behind a fence. We have those all over the place at home. If you want to see wild horses, go to Chincoteague and Assateague.

Thank wirttravelers
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Looked like horses to us. A few at the back, hard to see. Observation deck was nice if there was something to see. We stopped about 2PM Nov 8, 2017. Glad we didn't make a special trip. It was like horses in a zoo. Sad....More

Thank Ppennysprints
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Disappointed with this site. There is little information on the ponies, like how many there are, and there is just an observation stand.

Thank markfarner58
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

There is nothing really special about this attraction other than it is something else to do. I can see where a family with young children would be fun and entertaining. It is kinda unique to see the horses on the Island and learn the history...More

Thank Terry P
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

I’m used to seeing wild ponies in natural environments. I’m not used to seeing pens on the side of the road with hay and fences separating the ponies intro small groups. These aren’t wild ponies. They are ponies that are descendants of wild ponies being...More

Thank Meg F
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Right on the road into the village on Ocracoke if you catch the ferry from Hatteras. Fascinating history, and worth a quick stop.

Thank John C
Reviewed 9 October 2017

The fact that these wild creatures are penned up is a sad commentary on how we are developing our once treasured open spaced. However, the work the Park Service has done to provide a safe habitat for these animals and provides a space for visitors...More

Thank Drew H
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Even though they are fenced in it was still cool to see them and talk with the Park Service folks. They are fed in the morning and turned out for viewing around noon +/-.

Thank GSWCincinnati_Ohio
Reviewed 18 September 2017

What do you see? "Wild horses" behind a fence on a pasture. I expected them to be a bit more wild. ;-) You can stop on your way to or from the ferry but it is not worth a planned visit, better go to Assateague.

Thank Sakrikru
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the pony pen while visiting Ocacoke. The pens are conviently located just down to from the ferry and on the way to town. There are many theories on just how the ponies got to the Outerbanks. At first you wonder just why the...More

Thank Tracey J
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