Shackleford Banks: A Crystal Coast Treasure

Wild horses. Need I say more?

Shackleford Banks is a tiny island off the coast of Beaufort, NC. And when I say tiny, I mean tiny. You can walk around the entire island in 10 minutes.

My husband and I took his daughter on a day trip to Shackleford so she could see the wild horses and she had the time of her life. You get there via a twenty dollar boat ride with great views. The island is protected by the government so there is nothing there. It is literally untouched!

I like Shackleford because it is peaceful. It’s just you and nature…and a few other visitors. And, of course, wild horses. If you are going to see the horses though, be prepared for a hike. I have been there multiple times and never have I ever seen a horse right there on the beach in plain sight. It has always involved a hike over several sand dunes and through several bushes and shrubs but they were always right there in the middle of the island just as magical as they can be.

There are rules; however. You can’t approach the horses and you have to stay at least 50 feet away. You can take your dog but it must be on a 6 foot leash at all times.

If you find yourself at the Crystal Coast, a short day trip to Shackleford Banks is a must! You can’t see wild horses just anywhere. Be sure to take comfortable walking shoes, a bottle of water and a camera for lots of pictures.

As a bonus, if you are into the outdoors, I hear camping on the island is a wonderfully unique experience.

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