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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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Take a Peek at the Ponies!

The Pony Pen is a good stop for anyone on their way to or from the Hatteras Island Ferry or the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Will M
via mobile
A little sad, hot and boringish (word from my child)

We skipped it on the way to town. That was a mistake. We rode our bikes up later in the week on a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Karl G
Bloomington, Illinois
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average41%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible2%
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Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
+1 252-928-4531
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Pony Pen is a good stop for anyone on their way to or from the Hatteras Island Ferry or the lifeguards beach. We saw about 8 ponies in the pen. It's a quick stop, but worth your time. A couple of signs close by...More

Thank Will M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We skipped it on the way to town. That was a mistake. We rode our bikes up later in the week on a warm morning. The ride was easy but very hot with little shade and periodic bursts of traffic from the ferry. The pen...More

Thank Karl G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to see, however, nice to know they are descendants of the wild ponies on the island. There were about 6 ponies out grazing.

Thank cindy h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We viewed the ponies from the platform but, they weren't being real social the day we went. They were pretty far back from the double fence. They were good looking horses though and seemed to be well groomed and healthy. Enjoyed just taking time out...More

Thank Rodney T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The national parks system presented a new born pony ( it was 2 months old ) This was a very unique experience as the ponies are descendants of spain ponies that were brought over to the new world in the 1500's. The ponies have 100...More

Thank Dawayne D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped by the pens on one of the first days of our visit to see the horses from the viewing deck. We came back on July 4 to meet JoBelle, the newest pony (2 months old) and we were able to walk back to...More

Thank VEE1225
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After years of viewing the ponies from the platform, we were finally able to meet them up close. The newest pony, Jobelle made her debut in May nd the park rangers opened the paddock to the guests of the island. Jobelle was till a little...More

1  Thank TravelingFrancis5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very subtle, you can see the horses that are left there, about five. No way to interact with them whatsoever so don't try. Pretty they are but very boring.

Thank RogerIsrael
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend when you're visiting Ocracoke to check the Cape Hatteras National Seashore website and look at the events. We discovered a ranger talk at the pony pens that happens every Thursday in the summer. The ranger gave us a history of the Ocracoke Ponies,...More

Thank Ashleigh M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a quick stop off after taking the ferry over to Ocracoke on the way to the town. This place wasn't anything worth stopping for, especially if you have seen the horses on Assateague Island. There is little parking available and a few...More

Thank dreamergirl4686
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