Updated Nov. 6, 2019:
Since Ocracoke is still under mandatory evacuation from Hurricane Dorian, the ferry schedules are running on a temporary schedule and only residents, vendors and recovery workers/volunteers may come to the island. See story here about the ferry restrictions.
Motorists are urged to follow the NC Ferry routes on Twitter for daily updates on ALL of the ferry routes. Route-specific Twitter feeds are now available:
Cedar Island-Ocracoke & Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: @NCFerryPamSound
One Hatteras route arrives at the Silver Lake terminal. The Ferry Division asks those heading to Ocracoke to be at the respective terminals one hour before departure. This is so that the ferry workers know how to load the boats. Leaving Ocracoke, arrive a half hour before departure.
Starting Nov. 7, the 10 p.m. departure from Hatteras to Ocracoke (Silver Lake) and the 12:30 a.m. return trip will be suspended.
The new Hatteras to Silver Lake schedule as of Thursday, Nov. 7, is as follows:
Departing Hatteras to Silver Lake: 6 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Departing Silver Lake to Hatteras: 8:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:15 p.m.
This new schedule will facilitate the N.C. Department of Transportation’s paving operation on N.C. 12 on Ocracoke.
NEW: Hatteras to Ocracoke via the north end. NCDOT opened N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island on Oct. 3 ONLY for 4WD vehicles that are rated at ¾ ton capacity or smaller (such as Ford F250, GM K2500, Ram 2500, etc.). Trailers are not be allowed at this time. That schedule is as follows:
Hatteras to Ocracoke South Dock: 6:15, 7, and 9 a.m., 4:45, 6, and 7:30 p.m.
Ocracoke South Dock to Hatteras: 7:30, 8:30 and 10:15 a.m., 6, 7:30, and 9 p.m.
Reservations are not available on the Hatteras-Ocracoke South Dock route. Vehicles will be loaded by the re-entry priority procedures established by Hyde County. Motorists should arrive 30 minutes before departure time.
The following are new schedules for the Pamlico Sound routes:
Cedar Island (Crossing: 2 hrs.,15 min.):
Cedar Island-Ocracoke: 6:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Ocracoke-Cedar Island: 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Swan Quarter (Crossing: 2 hrs., 40 min.)
Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: 10 a.m., noon. and 4 p.m.
Ocracoke-Swan Quarter: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In addition, there will be an additional run for fuel and vendor deliveries on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays departing Swan Quarter for Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m. and departing from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter at 2 p.m.
Runs on all ferry routes can be delayed or canceled at any time and for many reasons. The ferry captains makes their own decisions about whether or not it is safe to run, but generally, when wind speeds reach about 35 mph, ferry runs will be suspended until the winds die down.