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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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Ponies in a pen

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.

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

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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32 attraction reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
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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Montville, New Jersey
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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40 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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