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Shackleford Banks

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2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
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Wish I Knew About This Place Sooner!

We randomly decided to try this place out for the last ferry for an hour and were dying to have... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Het95
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Tips for families with little children

This is a great family trip. I have four children ages 4 to 12. We came here on the first morning... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Princeton75
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Princeton, New Jersey
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  • Average3%
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“wild horses” (60 reviews)
“sound side” (19 reviews)
“conch shells” (14 reviews)
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2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
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"wild horses"
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"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
"few hours"
in 7 reviews
"toilet paper"
in 3 reviews
"stayed longer"
in 6 reviews
"three hours"
in 4 reviews
"earliest ferry"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful island"
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"sand dunes"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We randomly decided to try this place out for the last ferry for an hour and were dying to have more time. Beautiful and breezy ferry ride (about 10-15 min). We went to the shell side since we were on a time crunch... I’ve never...More

Thank Het95
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a great family trip. I have four children ages 4 to 12. We came here on the first morning ferry on a weekday. The ferry was full and some people had to wait. I’d suggest to come early or make a reservation. The...More

Thank Princeton75
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit with your family. Picnicking swimming or fishing. Even If you don’t have a boat you can pay to go across on a ferry and they will pick you back up from Harkers Island.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a few hours at Shackleford Banks photographing horses and walking along the beach. We took the first ferry over and enjoyed having the beach to ourselves for a few minutes. By the time we left, there were plenty of people around though it is...More

2  Thank Jennifer A
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

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

1  Thank camplejo
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Reviewed 27 May 2018

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

1  Thank Zeke T
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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

2  Thank music_chik87
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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

2  Thank Susan M
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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
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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
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Chris M
1 June 2018|
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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
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dmmzld
9 May 2018|
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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
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Samantha D
1 June 2017|
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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
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