For reasons why you absolutely need to check that schedule before traveling to the Outer Banks, read below:
After driving from Nag's Head to Ocracoke and then having to turn and go home via the already visited Nag's Head because we missed the 5:00 PM Cedar Island ferry by three minutes (the next ferry would run at 10:00 PM) I feel the need to post a brief blurb about transportation along the OBX.
There is one highway on the OBX, and at places where that highway ends at the tip of a few islands, the ferry system begins. This isn't an optional mode of transportation; a way of amusing the kids while at the beach (oh look, Mommy, let's take the ferry!) it's the only way to island hop to certain destinations, and if you miss the ferry, you may be sunk.
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
If you're planning to travel to the Outer Banks this summer and you have to reach a destination at a specific time, check the Department of Transportation's Ferry Schedule before you go. The ride across the water will add a distinct OBX flavor to your journey, but running late by even a few minutes may ruin your plans if you miss the boat.