Carolina's Wild Horses
Do I Get To the Corolla Horses?
The Corolla horses are located north
of Corolla, N.C. on the map at right.
-1- If you drive an off-road
capable 4-wheel drive vehicle, then you can drive from Corolla onto
the beach to reach the horses (no fees or permits required). Note
that "all-wheel drive" passenger cars/suv's are NOT recommended.
For more details about driving on the beach for the Corolla wild horses,
read this article
-2- If you don't drive
an off-road capable vehicle, then make a reservation with one of the
guided tour companies, such as the highly rated Wild
Horse Adventure Tours, and they will get you there and find
the horses for you. For information on the choices of current tour
companies, do a web search for these terms: "wild
horse corolla nc tours". Then call or email them according
to their web site instructions for cost, availability and reservations.
-3- You can rent a beach
house/cottage located within the wild horse protected area and have
several days to see them. Do a web search for beach rentals with these
terms: "beach house rental Carova NC
North Swan Beach".
How Do I Get To the Shackleford
and Beaufort (Rachel Carson Reserve) Horses?
The Beaufort and Shackleford horses
are located near Beaufort, N.C. on the map above.
-1- For the casual tourist
family, just go to the downtown Beaufort waterfront and book a ride
with one of the excursion boat vendors along the waterfront. These
run frequently during the day and advance reservations are not required.
Motels will have information on these services.
-2- The casual kayaker
can easily paddle the two hundred yards from the Beaufort waterfront
to see the horses on Town Marsh/Carrot Island/Horse Island (Rachel
Carson Reserve). To paddle into the tidal marsh at Rachel Carson Reserve,
the casual paddler can leave also from Curtis
Perry Park (pdf) at the eastern end of Lennoxville Road (Beaufort
water access info).
-3- To see the horses
on the eastern end of Shackleford Banks next to Cape Lookout Lighthouse,
the passenger ferry services on the Beaufort waterfront can take you.
They run multiple times during the day and no reservations are required.
To visit the eastern end of Shackleford by kayak, a sea kayak is recommended,
leaving from the easternmost tip of Harkers Island at the National
Park Headquarters. For the western end of Shackleford, take a sea
kayak from the Beaufort waterfront.
-4- For the more serious
and adventuresome tourist or photographer, the highly rated and highly
Charters can provide you with a custom private guided tour
of both Shackleford Banks and the Rachel Carson Reserve horses. Reservations
-5- If you have your own
motorized boat suitable for shallow waters, you can reach the horses
on your own from the Beaufort or Morehead City waterfront.
on the beach at Corolla
at Shacklefort Banks,
adjacent to Cape Lookout