We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shackleford Banks

Features Animals
2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
+1 252-728-2250
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Peaceful

Took the ferry from Beaufort. Walked across to the Atlantic side and hung out at the beach pretty... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
camplejo
,
Raleigh, NC
See the wild horses that live there.

The island sets just west of Cape Lookout Lighthouse & south of Harkers Island. You can visit the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Zeke T
,
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Read all 185 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“wild horses” (60 reviews)
“sound side” (19 reviews)
“conch shells” (14 reviews)
LOCATION
2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
CONTACT
Website
+1 252-728-2250
Write a ReviewReviews (185)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"wild horses"
in 60 reviews
"sound side"
in 19 reviews
"conch shells"
in 14 reviews
"island express"
in 12 reviews
"low tide"
in 14 reviews
"ferry service"
in 16 reviews
"lots of water"
in 7 reviews
"great shelling"
in 8 reviews
"bug repellent"
in 5 reviews
"west end"
in 3 reviews
"toilet paper"
in 3 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 6 reviews
"stayed longer"
in 6 reviews
"earliest ferry"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful island"
in 5 reviews
"sand dunes"
in 3 reviews
"whelks"
in 8 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 183 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the ferry from Beaufort. Walked across to the Atlantic side and hung out at the beach pretty much by ourselves. The shelling there wasn't anything spectacular. But the quietness of the beach was peaceful. We walked along the beach back to the ferry pickup...More

Thank camplejo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The island sets just west of Cape Lookout Lighthouse & south of Harkers Island. You can visit the island & see many of the wild horses that live there. The horses are protected so you are not to approach closer than 50' to them but...More

Thank Zeke T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 April 2018

My group of 5 (3 adults and 2 children) took a ferry over to Shackleford Banks. We only stayed a couple of hours (we got a late start) but we enjoyed the time we spent there. It is a beautiful island that is not commercialized...More

1  Thank music_chik87
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

We took the earliest Ferry at 8:15 from Harkers Island. The ferry service is great. You can choose your times that you want to spend on Shackleford Banks and or the Cape Lookout National Seashore and lighthouse. It was a beautiful day and I was...More

1  Thank Susan M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Loved it! Perfect weather the day we were there. We saw many wild horses and the hike was amazing. We are already planning our next trip

Thank jntevans522
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 13 March 2018

We got to the island using a ferry service that also goes to Cape Lookout. This end of the island has nothing on it. There are no facilities or anything made by humans on this end of the island. We spent a couple of hours...More

1  Thank Jay R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank Melinda Y
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 November 2017 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

4  Thank David B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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

2  Thank ibeasavage
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Harkers Island Hotels
Inlet Inn
292 reviews
7.93 km away
Harborside Suites
7 reviews
7.98 km away
Beaufort Inn
289 reviews
8.44 km away
The Sand Dollar Motel
94 reviews
12.47 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Fish Hook Grill
144 reviews
3.07 km away
George's Pizza & Subs
14 reviews
7.51 km away
Captain's Choice Restaurant
94 reviews
3.05 km away
George's Take-Out
10 reviews
7.51 km away
Nearby Attractions
Cape Lookout National Seashore
264 reviews
5.91 km away
Island Express Ferry Service
530 reviews
7.88 km away
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
152 reviews
.00 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Chris M
1 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Karen D | Property representative |
Backpacking stoves are permitted at your campsite -- as always use caution, remember that you are the fire department while you are on the island. Any open flame fire such as a campfire or bonfire must be built on the... More
0
Votes
dmmzld
9 May 2018|
Answer
Response from Peter K | Reviewed this property |
You find conch shells everywhere, nowhere and rarely. We didn't find one. We said a single passenger on our ferry of about 100 found one. No one location routinely has more shells than others. Propelled by storms and tides... More
0
Votes
Samantha D
1 June 2017|
Answer
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
1
Vote