Rachel Carson Reserve

Rachel Carson Reserve, Beaufort: Address, Phone Number, Rachel Carson Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Rachel Carson Reserve
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The Rachel Carson component of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve is located between the mouths of the Newport and North rivers in southern Carteret County, directly across Taylor's Creek from the historic town of Beaufort. It is accessible only by boat (local ferry vendor, private vessel, or canoes and kayaks).
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Judy B
3 contributions
love this gorgeous place.
Jun 2021
clean, beautiful serene. Very nice place to walk and see nature. I will be back here again with family and friends for them to see this place.
Written June 14, 2021
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Bob J
Southport, NC893 contributions
Beautiful preserve across from the docks
Apr 2021
Beautiful preserve and many ways to access it. We used Waterbug Tours which took us along the shore with a great narration on the history, flora and fauna. We saw a couple of wild horses up against some rees. Earlier we'd seen two horses on the beach from the town docks. Kayakers have multiple places to go ashore. Other ferries will drop you off for an hour or more of exploring. If you do that, bring sun screen and buy spray.
Written April 20, 2021
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Wjt18
New Windsor, NY91 contributions
Great fun place
Jan 2021 • Family
Amazing scenery and wild horses .
They can be tricky to find but explore And you will see them . We saw 8-10 .
Written January 18, 2021
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gayle s
6 contributions
where the wild horses roam and great shelling
Oct 2019
We didn't see any horses but great shelling. We took a boat from the City docks. We wanted to go to the other big island but the inlet was to rough and the boats could not go out.
Written October 30, 2019
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Chuck S
79 contributions
Nice Walk but No Horses
Aug 2019
We anchored near shore and made several excursions in our dinghy. We took the inner trail but were disappointed to miss the wild horses. The anchor site was very good with favorable winds and currents. The beach was clean and fairly quiet.
Written August 31, 2019
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Katyb4843
Corning, NY55 contributions
Nature lover’s dream!
Aug 2019 • Friends
During last year’s visit to Beaufort, we passed the Reserve on a ferry ride to Shackleford Banks and were intrigued by the islands accessible only by boat. This year, my sister and I decided to rent kayaks to paddle out and explore. We paddled out through the Morehead City Channel, along Pivers Island where Duke’s Marine Lab is housed. We hugged Pivers until crossing over to Carrot Island, mindful of boat traffic out of Beaufort. A short paddle on Taylors Creek brought us to Tower Beach (just past the large black tower in the water). There we saw two wild horses grazing. They seemed used to humans, be mindful that this is a nature preserve and 50 feet distance minimum is required by law. Heading back in the direction we came, we landed and hiked the 1.1 mi Outer Loop Trail, accessible only during low tide, including Bird Shoals. Water shoes are a *must as several parts of the trail go through mudflats, which are, well, very muddy! We saw periwinkles, fiddler crabs and all sorts of sea birds. It was a short paddle further to the lagoon at the west end of the island (between markets 10 and 11). Be mindful of the oyster beds that bracket the entrance. After landing, it was a short walk to the beach on Horse Island, where there was good shelling. This is a “do-again,” notes for next time: bring bug spray and binoculars.
Written August 30, 2019
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MurielTravels
Marietta, OH35 contributions
Great visit
Jul 2019 • Couples
We spent a great day at the Preserve. We were able to do an easy kayak trip over to the island. We hiked a few of the clearly marked trails and quickly spotted some of the wild horses. We had a nice picnic lunch on the beach. Just remember to take water and lots of sunscreen!
Written August 4, 2019
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Edward O
New Bern, NC2,785 contributions
Well worth the visit
Jul 2019 • Couples
Anchored here in Taylor Creek you can dinghy up no problem at all, the inner green trail and outer blue trail very well marked. The outer blue gets a bit muddy in placed so wear appropriate shoes .
Very peaceful indeed.
Written July 25, 2019
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SharonB2
North Myrtle Beach, SC4,816 contributions
Excellent field trip
Mar 2019 • Friends
The North Carolina Coastal Reserve sponsors a number of field trips at the Rachel Carson Reserve for free during the summer. The one we took on 6/18 was the circumnavigation cruise around the Reserve. This was a wonderful experience which included traveling through several marshes, around Carrot Island, and up Taylor’s Creek along the Beaufort waterfront.

We did this with 12 other folks plus Jeannie, our guide, and Paula, our guide and boat captain on a 24-foot skiff. The cruise was 2 hours long and we saw lots of birds and one lone horse while we were out on the water.

I highly recommend this to others wanting to learn more about the Reserve and what there is to see.
Written June 19, 2019
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Nancy D
Augusta, Georgia, United States150 contributions
Worth a ferry ride to visit
May 2019 • Friends
We took a Rachel Carson tour with Island Ferry Adventures. The boats hold about 22 passengers and tour guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. It lasted 90 minutes. At the reserve, we got off at a boardwalk for a while. This activity was a high point in our activities.
Written May 21, 2019
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