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Address: Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
Phone Number: +1 252-928-4531
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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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Interesting for the History

This place is an interesting stop for island history. It's a pen with an observation deck for viewing the wild ponies of the area. That's it. If you've ever been to a farm, you've... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
jez09
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Virginia Beach, VA USA
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Virginia Beach, VA USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is an interesting stop for island history. It's a pen with an observation deck for viewing the wild ponies of the area. That's it. If you've ever been to a farm, you've seen ponies before. You can't pet them or get near them. So, it's about a five minute stop. Still, it's a live look at part of... More 

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Thank jez09
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Descendants of Wild outer Banks Ponies..Part of the lore of Ocracoke Islands History which is rich..always worth a quick visit...

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Thank kevinmminor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On your way from the N.C. Ferry you will see these pens. The ponies still have a wild trait, there is also the ability to adopt one for $25.

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Thank rockbite
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice area to look at the ponies that are descendants of the wild Banker ponies washed ashore from Spanish boats.

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Thank Rheadaria
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Yesterday, we stopped by the Pony Pens and were pleased to see about a dozen fairly close to the front. No rhyme or reason- it was a beautiful day and I guess they were enjoying it, too. There were signs Hurricane Matthew affected their space but they were all ok.

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Thank ValerieinVB
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful ponies...interesting history of the ponies on the Outer Banks. It is a quick stop on the way in to the island.

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Melbourne, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Although we were able to see a few horses in distance we folled well maintained boardwalk trail back to another viewing area. Pleasant walk on a pleasant day with pretty surroundings. Reached viewing area and we could see approx 12 horses a couple hundred yards away. Nice walk on a nice day.

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Thank c0de7777
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Got to see from a distance, then walked to ocean, when we came back they were feeding the horses so we got to see them.

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Thank Ann C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Sad that these ponies are penned but some volunteers give the horses hay between 4 and 5 pm and its usually up near the viewing stand. If you want to see true wild horses, go to Shackleford Banks off Beaufort, NC.

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Washington, Pa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Great history of the ponies, but was disappointed in the small-ish pens for them. Only a handful of ponies here. Located right along the highway, so nice to stop on your way to town.

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