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Rachel Carson Reserve

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101 Pivers Island Rd Ofc, Beaufort, NC 28516-9701
+1 252-838-0883
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BEAUTIFUL

One of the highlights of our trip was being able to watch these beautiful horses graze while we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brittany R
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Asheboro, North Carolina
Bird Shoals Island was lovely!

We had a lovely adventure on bird island today! We walked almost to the end, which is about 3... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary Frances M
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North Carolina
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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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101 Pivers Island Rd Ofc, Beaufort, NC 28516-9701
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+1 252-838-0883
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the highlights of our trip was being able to watch these beautiful horses graze while we floated along the water way. This is also a wonderful spot to find seashells, conch shells, and sand dollars.

Thank Brittany R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely adventure on bird island today! We walked almost to the end, which is about 3 miles. The surf was much more rough there. I would not recommend swimming. We saw a whole herd of the wild horses. There were at least...More

Thank Mary Frances M
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Reviewed May 22, 2018

What a wonderful place to enjoy. You can sit ocean sit or bay side. You can enjoy watching the horse wonder around while your in the water. Sometimes they will come very close to you, as if your not even there.

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

On a whim took the ferry out to the Rachel Carson Reserve. This ferry drops you off and picks you back up at your chosen time at your choice of two locations on the island the trails or the 3-mile beach side. My sister and...More

3  Thank 22dive
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Reviewed April 26, 2018

There is nothing more beautiful than catching a glimpse of these amazingly beautiful Spanish Marsh Ponies! you will be so glad you visited!

1  Thank Alicia T
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Reviewed April 23, 2018

Unspoiled island that is beautiful to hike through the marsh grass or along the water. Horses are beautiful to see.

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Reviewed April 23, 2018

We took our dinghy across from the Beaufort Docks and landed on the beach. We walked the marked trails, saw a couple of the "ponies" and enjoyed the "interpretive" signposts through the printed guide available at the trail head.

Thank WJDalton
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Reviewed April 23, 2018

Great place for a short 1 hour walk/hike. The scenic views are great. Perfect for handicapped people too. Lots of plants with labels and explanations.

1  Thank 832peace
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

Nice, relaxing, family nature adventure. We saw the wild horses and they were beautiful. The hiking trails are nice, but there really is horse poop everywhere. That is to be expected when you go to an island with wild horses. Fun and relaxing. I would...More

Thank krissybee322
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Reviewed December 12, 2017

We viewed the island and horses from one of the small boats that venture out into the sound to allow tourists the opportunity to see the reserve. A very interesting trip.

Thank Bucketgob
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alliec656
May 21, 2018|
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Response from markfarner58 | Reviewed this property |
No camping in the reserve.
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Grammy245
September 27, 2016|
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Response from terrisirig | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We used Island Ferry Adventures, I'm sure you can check their schedules online. When we arrived on the island, yes, walking is the only way to get around. Also, there are trails, but they are very rough and wild, so you... More
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Kelly M
March 22, 2016|
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Response from BrianAtTheBeach | Reviewed this property |
The horses on Carrot Island and Shackleford Banks are separate herds. There are about 35 of them that are resident all the time on Carrot Island. They are there all year long. When it is colder or the weather is... More
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