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Shackleford Banks

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In search for horses

Went to Shackleford in search of a glimpse at the wild horses. The part that we went to we didn’t... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Beautiful Beach

Took the boat over from the National Park area . If you enjoy solitude and quiet spaces this is for... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
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“ocean side”(24 reviews)
“conch shells”(14 reviews)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Shackleford in search of a glimpse at the wild horses. The part that we went to we didn’t see any. Had a great time exploring the island, playing in the clear water and looking for shells. I did get to see several Sand...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MIBeachgal
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Took the boat over from the National Park area . If you enjoy solitude and quiet spaces this is for you. The extra here are wild horses who quietly roam the island. If you enjoy looking for shells this is a place for you. But...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank gfew
Reviewed 4 September 2018

There must have been about 100 private boats on the island so not much room for swimming. We took the ferry over and was nervous with kids swimming with all the private boats around. We left after about 2 hours after more boats came. Not...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ilana P
Reviewed 29 August 2018

The shelling was dismal. The biting flies were horrendous. And at high tide there is ZERO beach to walk on. Highly recommend the shelling at the Cape instead and just viewing the wild horses via ferry as you sail by!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank davidandkat
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Take your sunscreen, a beach chair and plenty to drink, eat we loaded our beach wagon for a while day of exploring the island ( beach and interior) Captain David O. and first mate Henry were very friendly and full of knowledge about Shackleford Banks...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank egglestonbev
Reviewed 13 August 2018

I'm not sure why everyone raves about this island. I did not find it any different than Atlantic Beach and certainly not as nice as Ocracoke. Maybe if you are interested in the ponies it might be worth it, but I did not go for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank caneel123
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

This island is very nice but no shade and lots of walking to see a few wild horses. Shells were no better than our place at Pine Knoll Shores. Be sure to take plenty of water and wear comfy shoes for walking in the dunes.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank CARIBBEAN757
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Wow oh wow I cannot say enough good things about this place. So beautiful! We saw the ponies right away as we got off the boat on the island. Shelling was pretty good, lots of beautiful and large shells. But the best part was the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 536jeanniel
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

We went to Shackleford Banks for a family trip. We walked only a part of the island along the beach. So many shells. It was a very pleasant place to be; very peacful. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Most of us...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ourfour2014
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful beach, calm water, soft sand. Great place for families and day trips. Thee is a bathroom but bring anything else you may want or need.

Date of experience: August 2018
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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
9 May 2018|
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
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