This island supports several gorgeous preserves and protected natural areas that are open for the public to visit and that provide excellent things to do on Ocracoke. See a centuries-old maritime forest that served as Blackbeard’s hideaway during the infamous pirate’s final days. Hike through an abandoned village on Portsmouth Island until you reach its beach, a pristine portion of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. These natural environments are brilliant places to see the islands’ history and culture reflected in the vegetation and wildlife.
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