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Shackleford Banks

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Address: 2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
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Great Place for Shelling and saw Wild Horses

I would def. recommend anyone going out to Shackleford Island/banks!! Bring your own lunch, carry in/out all food and trash for the benefit of the wild horses. LOVED, LOVED... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Julie M
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would def. recommend anyone going out to Shackleford Island/banks!! Bring your own lunch, carry in/out all food and trash for the benefit of the wild horses. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this trip. Go out with the vendor who is US park Services approved to go 'on' the island, they are the only ones authorized to get you 'on' the island.... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We visited the park early in the morning on a cold and windy day. Advise against that. Horses were not out in the cold and the ferry would not come back to get us earlier than scheduled. Shelling was poor on the island as well. Everything we found was broken. Horses ultimately came out before we left. Note to self:... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 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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1 Thank Grady A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

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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3 Thank Sarah H
South Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 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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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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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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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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