Press Release
Ferry Schedule UPDATE
Ferry System amends Ocracoke schedule to facilitate N.C. 12 paving.

To facilitate the N.C. Department of Transportation’s paving operation on N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island, the North Carolina Ferry System is making an adjustment to its Hatteras-Ocracoke Silver Lake schedule beginning Thursday.

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:

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

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

Sound ferries: 

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.

NC 12 access will be limited to ONLY four-wheel drive vehicles that are rated at ¾ ton capacity or smaller (such as Ford F250, GM K2500, Ram 2500, etc.). Please note that trailers will not be allowed at this time. 

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. 

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.