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NCDOT to adjust Ocracoke ferry schedule Tuesday

Hatteras ferries are now going all the way into Silver Lake while Route 12 on Ocracoke is being repaired. Photo: C. Leinbach

The North Carolina Ferry Division will adjust its Ocracoke ferry schedule beginning Tuesday as its ferries continue to aid hurricane relief efforts on the island.

Due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian and ongoing hurricane recovery, Hyde County Emergency Management continues to limit Ocracoke access to residents, non-resident homeowners​​ and other personnel approved by Hyde County.

Ocracoke is still under a mandatory evacuation declaration.
Ferry Service to and from Ocracoke will run on the following schedule beginning Tuesday:

  • Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 6:30, 9, and 10 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. 
  • Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 9:45 a.m., Noon, 3, 6 and 7 p.m.
  • Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 7 a.m., Noon and 4:30 p.m.
  • Ocracoke to Cedar Island:  9:30 a.m., 1 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Hatteras to Ocracoke-Silver Lake: 5, 6:30, 8, and 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2, 4:30, and 10 p.m.
  • Ocracoke-Silver Lake to Hatteras: 7:30, 9:15, and 11 a.m., 1:30, 3:30, 5, and 7:15 p.m., 12:30 a.m.

The Hatteras to Ocracoke-Silver Lake route is available to high ground clearance vehicles only.
Fuel delivery trucks must use the 9 a.m. Swan Quarter-Ocracoke departure to access Ocracoke and the 6 p.m. Ocracoke to Swan Quarter departure to return. 

Reservations are strongly recommended for passage on the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke routes. Those people meeting Hyde County’s re-entry requirements can make reservations by calling 1-800-BY-FERRY.

All reservation holders must arrive at the terminal one hour before departure time. In addition, same-day reservations for ferries departing Ocracoke are not available, and next-day reservations must be made before 4 p.m. 

The Hatteras – Ocracoke Silver Lake route is not accepting reservations at this time. Ferries on this route will use the priority system​​ developed by Hyde County Emergency Management.
Volunteer groups approved to access Ocracoke are encouraged to board the ferries without vehicles to leave as much deck space as possible for vehicles that are necessary for hurricane recovery services.
The North Carolina Ferry System appreciates your patience as we aid the residents of Ocracoke as they recover from this devastating storm.