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“A little known jewel.”
Review of Shackleford Banks

Shackleford Banks
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Eastern NC
Level 6 Contributor
229 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“A little known jewel.”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

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.

Visited February 2013
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Newport, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Shackleford Banks is breaktaking”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

BREATHTAKING!! If the free roaming horses do not take your breath away, I don't know what will. Watching the horses walk among the marsh grass against a Carolina blue sky is something everyone should experience at least once in their life. A beautiful, unspoiled area, I love to spend time in this area. Dolphin romp right off shore, fishing is great, sea shells are abundant. One of the prettiest places on earth.

Visited October 2012
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Nags Head, North Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fun day trip!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

I love Shackleford Banks! It's really just a small island that you have to get to by Ferry or personal boat but if you love the sea shore and looking for shells then you'll love this place. Watching the wild ponys is fun and swimming on the beach is a good time as well. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day away from everything.

Visited August 2012
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Stokesdale, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Worth Every Second”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We went with Crystal Coast Eco Tours and Capt. Jess was extremely knowledgeable about the wild horses and the ecology of the island. We hiked across to the Atlantic side and went shelling. We all agreed that the most magical moment was when we stopped shelling and sat on the "sand shelf" near the dunes to watch the two wild horses gallop down the beach, with the Atlantic as the backdrop, and run past us. What a fantistic sensory experience, and an unforgettable family time!

Visited September 2012
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North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Salty Heaven”
Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

Love the beauty, wild horses and sunsets. A must do for tourists and locals. Go by boat for ten bucks!

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