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“peaceful and relaxing”
Review of Shackleford Banks

Shackleford Banks
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We greatly enjoyed hiking along the shoreline of the island as well as hiking 'inland' (in quotation marks, since the island is less than a mile wide). We saw some wild horses, and while one must stay at a distance, the seven we saw seemed like they might be quite used to people invading their spaces. If you go when the weather is a bit chilly (as we did), consider the location you sit on the ferry -- some positions may get wet (and you are stuck without anything to dry you off on the island). The only fee we encountered was the ferry ($15pp).

3  Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Shells everywhere, shoreline changes with each storm, wild ponies are very cool to watch. This is the kinda of beach that is picked when you are looking for nature not people watching, buying knick knacks, belly piercing, looking for entertainment that is built and you have to pay for. Great phot opportunities, fresh air, easy for a beach hike. You can camp out here as well as Cape Lookout .... If you do understand this is primitive camping.

3  Thank hjpoole
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Reviewed 5 September 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful place! Calm waters, wild horses and some of the best "shelling" you can find! Just a 10-15 minute ride by passenger ferry from several southeastern shore locations. A great place for snorkeling. 120 wild horses inhabit this island so you can't miss seeing some. Large conch and whelk shells can be found here. Pack a lunch and spend the day or camp overnight. Either way you are sure to enjoy all that Shackleford Island has to offer!

6  Thank Jessica Hughes M
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

I prefer the water on the intercostal area vs. the ocean side, it is calmer and the water is easier to see through. The shelling is good on either side, they are abundant. There is one negative review of the banks listed, that is grossly over exaggerated. There are wild horses on this island, but to say you would be "covered" in horse poop is not true at all. The beach area is very clean and relaxing. Depending where on the island you land you could be miles from a restroom, understand that before you go and plan ahead. There is no where to buy food, water, sunscreen, etc....take everything you need with you and take it all back when you leave. I suggest a beach umbrella, especially if you are taking small children for relief from the sun.

Crystal Coast Ferry Service is who I always use for transportation, they are fantastic!

12  Thank NWAR_Foodie
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

This is a great place and really fun! I just am a fan of Cape lookout so that is my number one. We went from beaufort this year. This year we were dropped off near the west end. You used to get dropped off at the point but that has eroded. So you have to hike across so you do have to deal with the remnants from animals. But once too the oceanic was great! This year it was calmer but we were there at low tide. So not sure if that makes a difference. Found shells but not as many as a couple years ago. The nice part of being dropped off near the dock is that you can see the lighthouse and it isa shorter walk to the shells.

We brought food and drinks. Remember this is important as no stores on the island. So a great time. We saw about 15 horses. Just understand this can be hit or miss.

If you want to be dropped off at the other ended of the island go to harkers island for the ferry.

No fee for the park just a fee to get there and back with the ferry service

2  Thank Deborah L
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