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Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Beaufort, NC
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Short ferry ride to a very unusual adventure. Upon being dropped off from the ferry, we felt a... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Paducah, Kentucky
Horses and catttle

We visited Cedar Island to check out the ferry and the beach. We had just planned to walk a little... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
Robert H
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Located five miles from the Atlantic Ocean, this 14,480-acre refuge consists of a variable landscape of brackish marsh, pocosin and woodland habitats, which are dominated by an abundant variety of birds and wildlife.
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“shore birds” (2 reviews)
“wild horses” (4 reviews)
“marsh” (4 reviews)
Beaufort, NC
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

Short ferry ride to a very unusual adventure. Upon being dropped off from the ferry, we felt a sense of remoteness and serenity as we started walking along the beach of the uninhabited and undeveloped island. The only occupants were dozens of wild horses and...More

Thank jyates34
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

We visited Cedar Island to check out the ferry and the beach. We had just planned to walk a little on the beach when we saw the horses wading in the distance. About 30 minutes later, we made it to the horses and cattle. The...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Beautiful undisturbed marsh, waterways, and forest. Great birding for shore birds, waterfowl, even a few Bald Eagles. Good hiking, fishing and boating. There are wild horses along Cedar Island beach. Good swimming but there are occasional stinging nettles along the beach. (Jelly Fish)

Thank damondowneastnc
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We drove from Beaufort to visit, hoping to find the "undeveloped trails" and do a bit of birding and exploring. We went to the very end of Lola Rd. and couldn't find any undeveloped trail. The vegetation is so thick that the one employee who...More

Thank 581ai
Reviewed 30 July 2016

never thought I would ever get to see a herd of wild horses, roaming free with very little human interference . these horses ancestry from spanish sailing vessels hundreds of years ago, still roam free, by a government protection act.

Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Love this beach for kiteboarding on NE winds . Also great for windsurfing or just laying out on the beach . Very secluded never seems to be crowded

Thank kitemomma
Reviewed 6 September 2015

WHAT A Blessing! We ferried out to Cape Look Out and saw 20-30 wild horse along the way. Also enjoyed the peligans. The light House was SPECTACULAR.... helpful, informative, fun park rangers. The beaches around the light house were perfect to walk.

Thank Jane G
Reviewed 12 August 2015

We travel to Hatteras Island, NC every year, and rather than drive directly there out US64 through Manteo and Nags Head, we love to take the Cedar Island Ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke Island (2.25 hours), and drive up Ocracoke to the Hatteras Inlet...More

2  Thank nonnino
Reviewed 4 August 2015

Like the Rachel Carson Reserve, you need to visit this Refuge however your personal situation allows - private boat or public ferries. Spend time and appreciate the quiet of nature.

1  Thank alawrencenyc
Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

Located near cedar island ferry , Wonderful beach where my dog could run free! We were all happy. Will go again tomorrow and maybe see the wild ponies.

1  Thank Jeane B
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22 April 2016|
Response from kitemomma | Reviewed this property |
It is a beach along the waters edge it is hard packed to ride at least it was several years ago when we did . Otherwise there are horses to ride . Enjoy the quiet scenery especially if you are coming from the city . Enjoy !