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“They'll hide, but willing to be seeked!”

Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari
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Owner description: Take a 15 minute ferry ride over to the pristine Outer Banks Island of Shackleford Banks, which is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There you will be introduced to the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks. This free roaming herd is believed to have descended from Horses that were brought here roughly 500 years ago, and still survive as one of the last isolated groups of wild horses in the US. You will help your guide track the horses and see first hand the fascinating behavior of horses in the wild, a rare experience with nature that you'll never forget.Bring your camera for pictures that will forever remind you of this amazing place and its fascinating inhabitants. Stay on the island for the length of the tour, or stay all day! Same price! Ferry tickets included in the price of your admission.
Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

This is such a cool trip. The horses are small and long haired. If you're quiet ad respectful, they'll let you hang out and watch them as long as you want. Wear good shoes, bring water, and head into the interior of the island. The horses are under the brush, and watching you- or hanging out on dunes. Not that this isn't obvious, but the beaches are breath taking.

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Reviewed 7 August 2013

loved seeing the wild horse. great place to find shells. lots of wildlife. great places for pictures.

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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We stayed at the Seahawk Inns and Villas in Atlantic Beach....One day we went to Beaufort which is a beautiful town...We took the "Island Ferry" for $10 a round trip over to Shackleford Banks.....Well worth it....You could go over and stay as long as you wanted and the ferry would come back and get you at the time you specified....Crystal clear bay on one side of the dunes....beautiful ocean on the other side....Excellent shelling as you can see by the pictures I post...The horses are beautiful...a dream come true for me...

5  Thank DebMJones1
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We just got back from our first trip to Shackleford and we are already planning our next! We took the short ferry ride over on a very busy Memorial day weekend. We were somewhat surprised to see the quantity of boats at this "uninhabited" island. Despite the quantity of people here we had no problems finding a spot on the magnificent sandy beach. We arrived a few hours before low tide and thought we would have problems finding any decent shells with that many people searching as we were. We were amazed to find more quality shells there in three hours than we have ever found on any beach we have ever been on! We got several nice sized conch shells a sand dollar, a few spirals and one awesome Queen's helmet!
While taking a break from shelling we tracked down the wild horses. We didn't have to look far before we found a group of 5 horses. They are very use to humans being around and didn't seem to be bothered by us at all! Very cool that they have been on this island living wild for over 400 years!
There are no bathrooms (except the natural kind) on the island and no places to get fresh water or other drinks, so plan accordingly. They allow camping on the island and we did see several people enjoying that. Be careful of ticks, I found 4 on me in only the three hour visit we had to the island but you wouldn't have to worry about that if you stuck to the beach. The only way on to the island is by boat or by one of the local ferries.
Despite all the people that were there this weekend we did not feel cramped at all and we had an awesome time! Definite must see!

2  Thank David M
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

I can see why its called the local favorite spot. Took the Outer Bank Ferry out to the Island mainly to see the wild horses. At $15 per adult person was well worth it. Was dropped off on the west end of the island were we headed to the interior to find the horses. We spotted a group about 15 minutes in by the shore of the Atlantic Ocean side. After observing the horses we walked the beach OMG the large shells we found were awesome. We heard that the shelling was fantastic and it was. We wanted to go back on our last day but the weather wouldn't let us. Its a must see and do if your there, I recommend doing it at the beginning of your vacation so you have time to go back again to this enjoyable island.

4  Thank artgray44090
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