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Shackleford Banks

#2 of 6 things to do in Harkers Island Features Animals
2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
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So glad we went...

A true hidden gem. I almost don't want to rave about it because currently the area is very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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We saw the horses!

We had visited corolla the day before looking for horses and we did see a few but read about... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Denny K
Savannah, Georgia
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2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A true hidden gem. I almost don't want to rave about it because currently the area is very unpopulated... and that is what makes it so special. But giving my honest opinion it was awesome. So glad we went and we are looking forward to...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had visited corolla the day before looking for horses and we did see a few but read about Shackleford Banks after that. We took the ferry over hoping to see some more. It was amazing. They were out in the water and on a...More

1  Thank Denny K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on an eco tour to Shackleford and had an amazing experience! We had not been off the ferry long at all before we saw our first harem of wild horses. Our guide, Charlie, did a wonderful job guiding us around the island and...More

1  Thank HonestReviewGuy913
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Peaceful, not crowded and beautiful warm beach! This place is a must see. We took our beach chairs, towels, umbrella and food and had a great day. We had a relaxing time shelling, watching the horses and playing in the warm waters. We spent the...More

1  Thank Georgine L
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Easy ride over from the mainland and well worth the trip. Would plan to spend at least half a day, but consider packing a picnic and staying all day. Shells, trails, ponies - plenty to do. Primitive facilities are primitive, so consider that if you...More

3  Thank lukejames52
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

If you're in he area this is a MUST! We absolutely loved it and even with 2 kids under 5 we spent almost 5 hours out! Absolutely amazing time.

1  Thank Ryan K
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We had an awesome day on Shackleford Banks! The island is home to a large herd of wild horses and massive shells. We were able to dive for large conch shells in the surf. Highly recommend spending a few hours or the whole day here....More

2  Thank seeingallthesights
Reviewed 4 June 2017

It was worth the $16 ferry trip over. The Island Express was very friendly & informative on our way over to the island. I was however disappointed in the shelling on the island. We did find some shells, but really not much different than the...More

3  Thank Nancy D
Reviewed 4 June 2017

We took the ferry over at 10.30, and it took about 20 minutes to get there. we saw dolphins from the ferry. The beach where the ferry took us had a rest room, only one we saw there. Beach on that side was very nice,...More

3  Thank Mirva A
Reviewed 24 May 2017

i took a boat out of Harkers Island and first stop was Shackleford Banks. While I may have wished someone warned me I would be getting out of the boat in a couple inches of water, it was worth the wet shoes. Several wild horses...More

3  Thank khickey2017
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Samantha D
31 May 2017|
Response from Mayra R | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but in certain places the island has very strong currents that can easily pull a swimmer out to sea. If you ask the captain on the boat, he can point out the dangerous places, particularly on one side of the island. The... More
Parijat S
16 April 2017|
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Response from Karen D | Property representative |
When bringing youngsters, always consider how far you are going to want to walk and that they may not be able to handle a long stay at the beach. Until they get older, plan on a shorter visit to the island. If you don't... More
Debbie W
11 March 2017|
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Response from Karen D | Property representative |
The horses can be found in various locations on the island depending on the phase of the tide, the wind direction and other factors. But, perhaps the "easiest" location is the eastern salt marshes at low tide, the horses... More