Shackleford Banks

Located at the southern-most barrier island in Cape Lookout National Seashore, Shackleford Banks is home to more than 100 wild horses. Although how the “Banker horses” arrived is still a mystery, legend has it that these horses are descendants of Spanish Mustangs that survived a shipwreck. Venture out by boat or passenger ferry to Shackleford Banks and enjoy the rare privilege of watching horses that live without the help of man. Appreciate the horses’ tenacity and watch their social behaviors. Respectfully stay far enough away to avoid disturbing the horses or endangering yourself, your children, or your pets. This picturesque and undeveloped barrier island shoreline is a popular destination for visitors. Monitored by National Park Service. Serviced by Island Express Ferry Service.

Drive Time
30 min.
Distance from Hotel
20.4 miles
Driftwood on empty beach

Locals Recommend

“Our day at Shackleford was wonderful. Better than a cruise excursion. Bring your chairs, coolers and lots of sunscreen. The capt will give you tips on how to stay safe in the water and understand the currents.”

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