Directions to the Cove

Getting to Ocracoke Island

Our Outer Banks inn on Ocracoke Island is accessible only by ferry, private plane or private boat. Most people take one of the ferries. If you are arriving by private plane, let us know at the time of reservation and call us when you arrive; we’ll be happy to pick you up at the landing strip. If you will be sailing in on a private boat, let us know where and when we can pick you up.

If you are driving:

From points north, drive down the Outer Banks on NC Hwy 12 to Hatteras Village, from where you can board the free (no reservations needed)  ferry which runs at least every hour (more often during busy times of the year) from 5 AM until midnight. It’s wise to check status (1-252-986-6000). Waiting times are longest between 9AM and 4PM. This ferry ride takes approximately an hour and lands at the north end of Ocracoke – from there, you will drive approximately 15 miles (continuing on NC Hwy 12) to reach Ocracoke Village. After arriving in the village, continue on Hwy. 12 until you see Lighthouse Road (look for the large white hotel (Island Inn) on the corner). Turn left onto Lighthouse Rd. Drive until the road takes a sharp left and becomes Loop Rd. The Cove is immediately on your left.

From points west and south, take one of the two toll ferries (about 2.5 hours) from the mainland, which cost $15 one way for a car (if you are towing something or driving a larger vehicle, such as an RV, the cost is higher). If you are traveling from the south, take the ferry from Cedar Island. Coming from the west, take the ferry from Swan Quarter. These ferries run on a set schedule, and reservations are necessary (especially during the summer months). The mainland ferries land in the village. After disembarking, you will turn right onto Highway 12 and follow it around a curve until you see Lighthouse Road (look for the large white hotel (Island Inn) on the corner). Turn right onto Lighthouse Rd. Drive until the road takes a sharp left and becomes Loop Rd. The Cove is immediately on your left.

You can get more information about the ferry system, including schedules and numbers to call for reservations online at http://www.ncferry.org or by calling 800-BY-FERRY.