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Rachel Carson Reserve

102 Reviews
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Wjt18 wrote a review Jan 2021
New Windsor, New York68 contributions20 helpful votes
Amazing scenery and wild horses . They can be tricky to find but explore And you will see them . We saw 8-10 .
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Date of experience: January 2021
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gayle s wrote a review Oct 2019
6 contributions5 helpful votes
We didn't see any horses but great shelling. We took a boat from the City docks. We wanted to go to the other big island but the inlet was to rough and the boats could not go out.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Chuck S wrote a review Aug 2019
79 contributions24 helpful votes
We anchored near shore and made several excursions in our dinghy. We took the inner trail but were disappointed to miss the wild horses. The anchor site was very good with favorable winds and currents. The beach was clean and fairly quiet.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Katyb4843 wrote a review Aug 2019
Corning, New York47 contributions19 helpful votes
During last year’s visit to Beaufort, we passed the Reserve on a ferry ride to Shackleford Banks and were intrigued by the islands accessible only by boat. This year, my sister and I decided to rent kayaks to paddle out and explore. We paddled out through the Morehead City Channel, along Pivers Island where Duke’s Marine Lab is housed. We hugged Pivers until crossing over to Carrot Island, mindful of boat traffic out of Beaufort. A short paddle on Taylors Creek brought us to Tower Beach (just past the large black tower in the water). There we saw two wild horses grazing. They seemed used to humans, be mindful that this is a nature preserve and 50 feet distance minimum is required by law. Heading back in the direction we came, we landed and hiked the 1.1 mi Outer Loop Trail, accessible only during low tide, including Bird Shoals. Water shoes are a *must as several parts of the trail go through mudflats, which are, well, very muddy! We saw periwinkles, fiddler crabs and all sorts of sea birds. It was a short paddle further to the lagoon at the west end of the island (between markets 10 and 11). Be mindful of the oyster beds that bracket the entrance. After landing, it was a short walk to the beach on Horse Island, where there was good shelling. This is a “do-again,” notes for next time: bring bug spray and binoculars.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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MurielTravels wrote a review Aug 2019
Marietta, Ohio37 contributions16 helpful votes
We spent a great day at the Preserve. We were able to do an easy kayak trip over to the island. We hiked a few of the clearly marked trails and quickly spotted some of the wild horses. We had a nice picnic lunch on the beach. Just remember to take water and lots of sunscreen!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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