A Hatteras ferry docked at Silver Lake. Photo: C. Leinbach


OCRACOKE – To facilitate the N.C. Department of Transportation’s paving operation on N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island, the North Carolina Ferry System will adjust the Hatteras to Ocracoke Silver Lake schedule beginning Thursday (Nov. 7).

Starting Thursday, the 10 p.m. departure from Hatteras to Ocracoke (Silver Lake) and the 12:30 a.m. return trip will be suspended. The new schedule will be as follows:

  • Hatteras to Ocracoke (Silver Lake): 6 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 4:30 p.m.
  • Ocracoke (Silver Lake) to Hatteras: 8:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:15 p.m.

The state Ferry Division is coordinating with Hyde County Schools to accommodate any evening athletic event travel.

The ferry schedule change will allow ferries and crews to be available for the staging of asphalt and concrete trucks used in the paving operation.

No changes will be made to the Swan Quarter, Cedar Island or Ocracoke-South Dock routes. See schedules here.

NCDOT is working to rebuild about 1,000 feet of N.C. 12 that was damaged during Hurricane Dorian in early September.

NCDOT expects to reopen N.C. 12 to vehicular traffic on or before the Thanksgiving holiday.

However, at this time Ocracoke remains open only to residents, non-resident property owners and personnel approved by Hyde County emergency management.

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