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Shackleford Banks

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2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
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Great time!!

We had a blast! Perfect weather, fantastic service, great shelling and relaxing on blow up beach... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Melinda Y
via mobile
It's The Best

The Outer Banks at their best! No hotels, flip flop shops, surf shops, bars or crowds. Shackleford... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David B
Charleston, South Carolina
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2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a blast! Perfect weather, fantastic service, great shelling and relaxing on blow up beach beds!!

1  Thank Melinda Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Outer Banks at their best! No hotels, flip flop shops, surf shops, bars or crowds. Shackleford Banks is part of the National Park Service and can be reached by Island Express Ferry Service from downtown Beaufort or the visitors center on Harkers Island. The...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 5 November 2017

You take a ferry ride from Harkers Island to Shackelford Banks. There are no facilities but you can pack a cooler to take and have a picnic lunch...chairs for the beach...or just walk around and enjoy the sights. Wild horses that we got very close...More

Thank ibeasavage
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Saw 11 horses during our 3 hour stay and found lots of shells. Not for those with weak bladders or difficulty walking on rough terrain. No bathrooms, benches, etc. Natural habitat; seems untouched.

Thank TLMo2014
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful and secluded. Shells every time . Have seen horses only four times - however well worth your time.

Thank lisasmith123
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I visit here often. I take my own boat, however there is ferry service. The beach is long, relatively flat, and has numerous nice sea shells. Sometimes lots of Sand Dollars too !

Thank dheflin57
Reviewed 5 September 2017

The Shackleford Banks, one of the Atlantic coast’s barrier islands, is a mere 20-minute boat ride from the seaside town of Beaufort, N.C. We saw nothing other than Columbus would have, had he ventured up that way, no stores, roads, motels, houses, not even an...More

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 27 August 2017

The price for the ferry is very reasonable for a day at the beach. Wild horses, great shelling, or just relaxing. We saw a pod of dolphins playing about 50 off shore on the Sound side of the island while we were swimming and waiting...More

Thank UWDad
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Uninhabited island (except for the wild horses). Accessible only by small ferry boats from Beaufort or Harkers Island. Can camp overnight. Great place for shelling.

Thank garris3404
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We took island express ferry to see the horses on shackleford banks. The boat ride is 15-20 minutes. If you have motion sickness, you will survive if on the small boat. On the bigger boat, 100% no issues. The horses were out upon our 11am...More

Thank NCTraveler032
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Samantha D
1 June 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
12 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