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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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Fun bit of Ocracoke history

Seeing ponies on Ocracoke and the other barrier islands is a unique piece of history, however you think they got here. The pony pens seem to have been expanded and updated since... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Elizabeth W
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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I wouldn't stop unless you're driving by and need to get out to stretch your legs. It's really just horses in a fence. We see more visiting farms at home.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Seeing ponies on Ocracoke and the other barrier islands is a unique piece of history, however you think they got here. The pony pens seem to have been expanded and updated since our last visit 9 years ago and look lovely. There was a new foal born in February we were able to see.

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Valrico, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

My daughters adopted a pony at the visitors center so we had to stop and see their selection. You don't actually get to interact with the horses but you can see them from two different viewing platforms. We decided to adopt a pony to help support this interesting part of Ocracoke history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

After you get off the ferry and drive on Rt. 12 a few miles through the national park area the pony pens appear on your right. There really isn't much to see unless you are a horse fanatic. I'm sure the Park Service made due with what they had and had to fence in these creatures or they would have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

After listening to the talk on the history of the horses on the island, we made a quick stop to see them. Nothing special; just horses in pens. Some of them looked a little on the thin side; you could see their ribs. There are boards with the history which was worth a stop.

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We stopped during one of our days on OBX. Several ponies were out in the fenced in area eating and romping. There are boards explaining the history and a small boardwalk to a second viewing area. It was interesting to learn the history, but there is no reason for a long stop unless you are a horse fanatic

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

There are a handful of ponies in a few pens eating hay. Not terribly exciting, but a nice stop on the way back to the ferry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is my second attempt to describe this adventure as trip filters did not accept, so let's attempt a description again: First of all, go on the appointed day when a ranger is there. She or he often brings hay and tis fun to feed the selected few pony's that are crowd worthy--(non biters and amicable to petting ).. On... More 

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Pine Mountain, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We saw the wild horses at Corolla and Shackelford. They were all running free. These horses were in pens and no longer able to run free. While we could see a couple of the ponies, most were hiding up in the barns or in areas obstructed by trees. I understand the concept and reasoning, but still sad. The beach across... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Don't really see much but can stop along the road to view the ponies just hanging out in the pasture

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Address: Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
Phone Number: 252-928-4531
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Ocracoke

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