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Address: Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
Phone Number: 252-928-4531
Description: U.S. National Park Service manages a wild pony herd that lives in a penned...
U.S. National Park Service manages a wild pony herd that lives in a penned area on Ocracoke Island.
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Pretty stop but not a reason to go to the island

If you are going to Ocracoke anyway this is a nice little stop off the highway. There are 2 fences between where you can stand and the ponies so you can't get that close, and they... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Willow Springs, North Carolina, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If you want to look at horses behind a fence, next to a stable, then this is the place to stop. The horses we totally unimpressive. I'm sure kids will get a kick out of watching the horses, but adults will be underwhelmed. They keep the horses in a 180 acre fenced area.

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If you are going to Ocracoke anyway this is a nice little stop off the highway. There are 2 fences between where you can stand and the ponies so you can't get that close, and they are mostly just standing around grazing. It's nice to look at for a few minutes, but that's about it. It's not worth visiting on... More 

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Palos Hills, Illinois, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

So stopping to see these beautiful creatures was worth it. They are just so majestic paying no attention to visitors in their pen, grazing, eating. Stop for a few minutes or a few hours. No cost just enjoy.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

Fun stop...but take the time to read the history of the ponies on the Island. It will help you appreciate how special they are. It will also help you see how devoted the volunteers in the area are to keep the ponies healthy and happy.

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Houston
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Some horses... never really got close enough to interact.... double fences and all. Stop by if you like horses..... but no worries if you miss it.

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North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Ocracoke Pony Pens are on Hwy 12 between the Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry and Silver Lake. You will probably drive by it if you come from the north headed south on Hwy 12, so stop and take a quick look. The kids will love it.

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Burlington, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

When we viewed the pony pens in late October there wasn't another living soul around (just me and my wife). We could see the ponies (just four) at a distance but when we drove up they all came to the fence like they were posing! I read that they rotate the ponies that can be seen. The ones we saw... More 

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Oakland, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
50 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

What you see is what is left of a unique family of horses that roamed wild for about 500 years till we showed up and, doing what we do, took over the land. While the horses look healthy, they are more like zoo habitants than free creatures.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I found that the horses in the pony pens looked sad. Shame on the parks service for penning these once wild animals. This was not the life these animals deserved that inhabited this island before people. They did not look wild anymore, they were no more than pets. Let them run free like they used too.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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145 reviews 145 reviews
59 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you are traveling on the road to Ocracoke Village it is worthwhile to pull over at the poney pens to see if they are out. Don't expect to pet them or get close as there is a double fence. However there is a raised platform so you can walk up some steps and get a little better view. The... More 

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