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Ocracoke Pony Pens

Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
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Ranked #11 of 12 attractions in Ocracoke
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: U.S. National Park Service manages a wild pony herd that lives in a penned area on Ocracoke Island.
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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Stopped here on the way into Ocracoke. The ponies themselves are not receiving the poor rating, it is just that there are much better ways to view wild horses in the surrounding area that are actually wild and not in a pen. Also, at the time of our visit there was not much to see, the ponies were far out... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We visited the ponies on the way back from cruising down highway 12 towards the outer banks. I was a little disappointed to learn the horses aren't wild and never really have even, but the rangers claim they are. The horses didn't really come close to the fence.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I was saddened that there were so few horses....but the ranger gave a brief presentation about the history of the horses and she provided some hay to entice the horses to visit. They eventually came over. If you are here, be sure to sign up for casting classes as well as crabbing classes with these rangers. Dont forget to get... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Having seen them when they were free, it was sad to see them in pen. Kids always excited to get close to an animal. Takes less than five minutes, no charge, just donations.

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Bellevue, Washington
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205 reviews 205 reviews
57 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I felt badly that our human intervention had reduced this once wild and free herd of ponies to a fenced pen along the highway. While the story of their history and fight for survival was interesting, I was left with a feeling of remorse.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

You can't really see the ponies well unless they are close to the fence. They are in a large enclosure and are often in the back roaming or eating.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Unfortunately the ponies did not cooperate with our ranger and come up close and personal, but they were lovely from afar.

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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Nice area to visit to learn how the horses got to the island. The horses are well cared for by rangers.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Visiting the Ocracoke Pony Pasture, is a yearly event w/the grandchildren. The Pasture (180 acres) can be found on Hwy 12, heading toward the Ocracoke Ferry, about 7 miles north of the village. Legend has it, the ponies are descended from a feral herd. At one time, the ponies ran a muck on the island, till, a few too many... More

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Burlington, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

These are in a pen midway on the island. They are beautiful horses and we saw them during feeding. There is interesting information on what they think are their sources and background.

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