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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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wild horses

i bought these horses in 1968 and in the early 80's the state got the island and took my horses.i... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Beaufort, North Carolina
Save ur Money

Yes there are wild horses and trails. However , Bird Shoals. Shakelford,Bear Island and Sand dollar... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
Christine L
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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 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
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We came to Beaufort to enjoy a day trip. The island was on our list and so glad it was! What a fabulous experience! The beauty of wild horses was incredible. We took the ferry over to the island. We hiked both trails and just...More

1  Thank patty g
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This was the second time we had been on the Rachel Carson Reserve. The first time we stayed on the trail and saw two horses and took pictures of the landscape only to realize later those were not bushes, but horses as well. This trip,...More

3  Thank Linda L
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We were actively looking for a coastal home in another part of the state when we came to Beaufort and never left. The reserve is a big part of that decision. To know so much land like this exists just a boat ride away is...More

2  Thank drleo2
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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
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
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