A short passenger ferry ride from Beaufort, NC is one of the most overlooked barrier islands in North Carolina. Part of Cape Lookout Seashore, Shackleford Banks is 7 miles long and about a mile wide at it's widest point. There are about 150 wild horses on the island in several different family groups, several of which make a regular pilgrimage to the beach every day. For those who love shells, Shackleford is a wonderful place for you to get them, as it lies in an east-west orientation to the Gulf Stream, thus letting shells pile up that come up from the warmer southern waters. Men will like the surf fishing, and kids will love building sandcastles, and wading around in the shallow waters.
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