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Rachel Carson Reserve

#8 of 36 things to do in Beaufort Features Animals
101 Pivers Island Rd Ofc, Beaufort, NC 28516-9701
+1 252-838-0883
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Saw this as part of a cruise

We took the hour and half cruise around the island. It was most informative. On the back side the... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Peaceful for wildlife and people

The reserve, which consists of several islands is very easily reached by a small ferry from... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
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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
+1 252-838-0883
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

We took the hour and half cruise around the island. It was most informative. On the back side the captain grounded the boat so we could get off and walk across the island to see the wild horses from a distance. I'd highly recommend the...More

Thank Lmccrn
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The reserve, which consists of several islands is very easily reached by a small ferry from Beaufort. We enjoyed our morning visit so much we visited a second island after lunch. Wide variety of birds and good views of the wild horses.

Thank johnbirder2014
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Our family took an excursion one day while on Vaca, we took a ferry thru Island Ferry Adventures ( "Loved them") to Bird Shoal Island to see the wild Spanish Horses and we saw about 35 or so. We found a lot of sand dollars...More

1  Thank B C
Reviewed 3 May 2017

i bought these horses in 1968 and in the early 80's the state got the island and took my horses.i never received one dime for the horses.my name is mack oneal..a DR .and an old man owned them together.both were aged so i bought them...More

Thank yogibear07
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Yes there are wild horses and trails. However , Bird Shoals. Shakelford,Bear Island and Sand dollar Island do too. They are more beautiful with areas for shelling and swimming. If you like shrubs and. Ugh then you'd be happy. Otherwise ,chose one of the others....More

1  Thank Christine L
Reviewed 22 April 2017

I'm trying to reconcile my experience with the experience of other reviewers, and I can't. I think the horses are great, but if you don't see horses (and of course there is no guarantee), there isn't much else there. Carrot Island is just sand, shrubby...More

Thank grillin_girl
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great day, saw about 20 wild horses in the marsh along with lots of sea birds and crabs. The water was low so we got out of the boats to get closer to the horses. It was a little too much paddling...More

Thank specialspice
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I was out with photographers to see the wild horses. It was a great place to visit. We did see quite a few horses, nice to walk the trails also. I went back on my own, i took the ferry to get across. It was...More

Thank karenbG1952WJ
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This reserve offers an alternative to the crowds of the Cape Lookout National Lakeshore, Wild horses, sand dollars, natural beauty. Photo opportunities and more.

1  Thank Jon L
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to paddle your kayak or SUP and get up close with coastal creatures. From hermit crabs to birds of all kinds to the horses, it is a delight to be so close to the animals. Bring water socks as there...More

Thank BeachbumSOBX
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What boat rides are available right now through the end of September? When you arrive on the island, is walking the only way to get around? I cannot walk a lot so what do I do?
27 September 2016|
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
Kelly M
Are the horses on the island all of the time? Or is it possible that all could be on Shackleford Island?
22 March 2016|
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
are any tours available in October?
27 February 2016|
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Response from NCCoastalReserve | Property representative |
Hello Greg, this is Paula - site manager of the Rachel Carson Reserve. The North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve, the managing entity for the Rachel Carson Reserve, offers regularly scheduled... More