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Shackleford Banks

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Address: 2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
Phone Number: +1 252-728-2250
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If you love beach combing...fishing...site seeing...pleasure boating...etc....Go...Go...Go!!!! Camp sites, cabins, or just day trippers...such a pristine area. Beautiful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Grady A
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you love beach combing...fishing...site seeing...pleasure boating...etc....Go...Go...Go!!!! Camp sites, cabins, or just day trippers...such a pristine area. Beautiful water...clean beaches. Just do a little research before you go to be properly equipped for your adventure.

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Thank Grady A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a small ferrry from Harkers Island on our way to the lighthouse and the guide took us around Shackleford Banks to see all the horses and gave us some history lessons. :) It's absolutely beautiful.

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South Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the boat to this undeveloped island on a cool sunny day. The island is undeveloped that means no buildings or shops. The boat returns every 90 minutes. You can choose to stay on the island for the day or for just a short visit. The island is well known for the number and variety of seashells as well as... More 

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Thank brenirish
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a delightful fall trip! Took the Island Express Ferry from Beaufort to Shackleford Banks. Hiked along the far side of the island gathering large conch shells enjoying the warm fall sun. Saw a few campers and other families enjoying the island. On our way back to the ferry, 4 beautiful ponies came strolling by. They paused to graze for... More 

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Thank RaleighGirl123
New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Great place for swimming, picnics, photography, etc. Love to take the boat there. See the horses wandering the beach. Not such a great place for shelling.

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Thank Kathi M
Richlands, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

As always it was awesome nice shells got to see the horses and the babies that were born this past January

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Thank JoshJami
Rockwell, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Shackleford Banks is a piece of Heaven on earth! It's all wilderness with no private structures or vehicular traffic. The birds, turtles, and wild mustangs roam freely across the island. Take everything you may need like sunblock, water, snacks, etc. Caution: Stay at least 50 feet back from any of the horses. It is against the law to interact in... More 

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Mantua, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We went (3 adults & 4 children, four years & younger) to Shackleford Banks on a weekday in the 'off season' & had a blast. We got off of the ferry at 9am & saw horses right away without having to look for them. We were directed to the east side for shelling (shells were amazing & plentiful) but the... More 

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Thank L6Seith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Took the ferry out from Beaufort after the labor day weekend. People out but surprisingly private. There were stretxhes of time when we were the only ones around on the ocean side of the island. Great shelling although we didnt find the huge conchs others were finding. We did get tons of other cool looking shells. Saw lots of horses!... More 

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Thank Angelica R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We went right after a storm. Getting a ferry ride was not a problem at all. We even got a tour. The island is beautiful. Bring water. We saw the horses. We found shells. Keep in mind you have to bring everything you need for the time that you are on the island. I loved it! I loved not having... More 

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