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Outer Banks

Getting there & away

If you’re driving, access Hwy 12 (the main road along the cape) from Hwy 158 at Kitty Hawk or from Hwy 64/264, which leads over Roanoke Island to the park’s northern ­entrance.

No public transportation exists to or on the Outer Banks, however the North Carolina Ferry System (800-293-3779; www.ncferry.org) operates several routes, including the free 40-minute Hatteras–Ocracoke car ferry, which runs at least hourly from 5am to 10pm; bookings aren’t necessary. Ferries alsorun between Ocracoke and Cedar Island (one way $15, 2¼ hours) every two hours or so; reservations are recommended especially in summer. There are also ferries that link Ocracoke and Swan Quarter on the mainland ($15, 2½ hours).