North Carolina Ferries: A Maritime Culture Continues


Water travel was and is critical along the Byway. Today, state-owned ferries connect Byway islands to each other and the mainland. Weather dominates Byway life and disrupts ferry schedules. The state ferry system replaced private operations in 1957. The ferry system provides maritime employment for many “bankers.” Today’s ferries are painted with school colors of NC’s colleges and universities. Hatteras Inlet: Every half hour, 5 a.m. to midnight, from roughly the first of May to the end of October; hourly at other times of the year, 5 a.m. to midnight. Ocracoke-Cedar Island: two departures both terminals through February 2012. More departures added mid-April to end of October. Consult for current schedule.


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