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The North Carolina Coast Travel Guide

Ocracoke Island

Around 950 people live here, the last inhabited island in the Outer Banks. The island can be reached only by water or air. The village itself is in the widest part of the island, around a harbor called Silver Lake. Man-dredged canals form the landscape of a smaller residential area called Oyster Creek.

Centuries ago, Ocracoke was the stomping ground of Edward Teach, the pirate

known as Blackbeard. A major treasure cache from 1718 is still rumored to be hidden somewhere on the island. Fort Ocracoke was a short-lived Confederate stronghold that was abandoned in August 1861 and blown up by Union forces a month later.

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