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mikeandterri wrote a review Oct 2020
Vienna, Virginia125 contributions37 helpful votes
Took the Island Express ferry with Captain Amy to the island. She was funny and informative and the trip was pleasant even though we had to wear a mask. The island was beautiful and the horses were pure bred Spanish Mustangs. If you want shells, go early or on the first boat after high tide. The best shelling is when the tide is going out.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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CR521 wrote a review Aug 2020
Cary, North Carolina14 contributions10 helpful votes
Took my two kids (ages 4 and 6) out to the Shackleford Banks for the day. It was an absolutely beautiful and natural island. We spotted some wild horses and found some neat seashells. The water is crystal clear. The Atlantic side of the island has a sand bar and lots of pristine sand to spread out on. The inlet side has clear, calm water great for swimming. Definitely worth the hassle of getting out there.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Lois P wrote a review Jul 2020
Candler, North Carolina2,090 contributions105 helpful votes
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If you are looking at a beach escape far from the hand of man, then this may be the place for you. Shackleford Banks is the southernmost island in the NPS Cape Lookout National Seashore. It is reachable only by boat. There are two primitive bath houses on the nine-mile island, with no sink or shower. There is no trash service, so you must pack out what you bring in. There are no designated camp sites, but endless opportunities for free primitive beach camping. Be prepared for a variety of stinging insects & some pretty extreme heat in the center of the island. However in either the ocean or sound side, the breezes are endless and endlessly refreshing. Shackleford boasts sone of the best shelling and surf fishing on the eastern seaboard. You can swim at the lovely beaches on either side, but beware the notorious sharks. I personally won’t go in past my waist. To me the cherry on top is the presence of several herds of wild banker horses. These beautiful creatures may be seen at any place and any time on the island. Just be sure to give them some space. I go to Shackleford Banks as often as I possibly can. It is truly the jewel of the NC coast in my eyes.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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tiaalvis wrote a review Jul 2020
Louisville, Kentucky10 contributions2 helpful votes
Saw wild horses grazing on beach. More sea shells on beach than at cape lookout. Wish I would’ve stayed longer although be careful of high tide. May not be able to leave same way you came.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Loren C wrote a review Jul 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana294 contributions30 helpful votes
This 8 mile long island is home to wild Spanish Mustangs! The only building on the island is a bathroom. (Note: I've seen several reviews mention there is no bathroom on the island - I'm not sure when it was added but there IS a bathroom on one side.) While the island is undeveloped there are locals who like to bring their boats by and it can get a bit more crowded that you may expect - don't let this discourage you because there is plenty of island for everyone to enjoy. To get here we took the ferry from Beaufort. Be prepared for the heat in the afternoon and bring plenty of sunscreen and drinking water. There isn't much shade and it does get very, very hot. If you're looking for shells I recommend arriving as early as possible. We weren't able to find any that weren't broken. To find the horses you may have to hike through the center of the island where they like to graze. I recommend wearing tennis shoes because the sand is very hot and there are small, spiky cacti.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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