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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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Horses Everywhere

What a wonderful place to enjoy. You can sit ocean sit or bay side. You can enjoy watching the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Susan H
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Holly Springs, North Carolina
Stunning sights

On a whim took the ferry out to the Rachel Carson Reserve. This ferry drops you off and picks you... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
22dive
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Lempster, New Hampshire
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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 4 weeks ago

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.

3  Thank Susan H
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Reviewed 30 April 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

2  Thank 22dive
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Reviewed 26 April 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 24 April 2018

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

Thank markfarner58
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Reviewed 24 April 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 23 April 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 26 March 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 13 December 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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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Where else can you paddle, swim, boat, kayak a short distance across a tidal creek to a magic island where feral horses rule, running free and nature offers you a close up look at tidal marsh life while you wade and walk a salty path?...More

1  Thank Glenn D
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

I kayaked to this island from Beaufort. Brought my own kayak, however you can rent them from Beaufort Paddle. There are wild horses that come right up to the waters edge. Lots of current on Taylors Creek.

Thank dheflin57
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alliec656
22 May 2018|
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Response from markfarner58 | Reviewed this property |
No camping in the reserve.
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Grammy245
28 September 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
23 March 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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