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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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Pony in pasture

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Lisa B
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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Montville, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Wasn't worth the trip. A few horses behind a double fence. If you have Kiddies, maybe they would enjoy seeing the ponies from a distance. A good distance from the main part of Island. Great beach parking and access is directly across Highway 12 so it wasn't a complete waste.

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Columbus
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is fun with children? After being in Corolla with the wild horses not penned in there is no comparison.

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Durham, NC
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79 attraction reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Calling the horses, “Ocracoke's Ponies" is a misnomer. They are descended from Spanish mustangs just like the Corolla horses (to the north) and Shackleford horses (to the south). The Spanish were the first Europeans to reach the Americas, and the first to explore and settle in North Carolina. Though wild, the horses are in a fenced in pasture that is... More 

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Eastern NC
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Simply beautiful to see all the Ponies loose in the pen. Quite a ways down the road, but worth the step just to look in.

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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213 reviews 213 reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I remember when I was younger having to keep my eyes open to try and spot the wild horses roaming the island, so this was not what I expected... Quick stop was nice though.

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Willow Springs, North Carolina, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
29 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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