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Shackleford Banks

#2 of 6 things to do in Harkers Island Features Animals
2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
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A must see

Peaceful, not crowded and beautiful warm beach! This place is a must see. We took our beach chairs... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Georgine L
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Go see it before Trump turns it into a golf course

Easy ride over from the mainland and well worth the trip. Would plan to spend at least half a day... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Durham, North Carolina
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2 miles south of Harkers Island, Harkers Island, NC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Peaceful, not crowded and beautiful warm beach! This place is a must see. We took our beach chairs, towels, umbrella and food and had a great day. We had a relaxing time shelling, watching the horses and playing in the warm waters. We spent the...More

Thank Georgine L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy ride over from the mainland and well worth the trip. Would plan to spend at least half a day, but consider packing a picnic and staying all day. Shells, trails, ponies - plenty to do. Primitive facilities are primitive, so consider that if you...More

2  Thank lukejames52
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're in he area this is a MUST! We absolutely loved it and even with 2 kids under 5 we spent almost 5 hours out! Absolutely amazing time.

Thank Ryan K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an awesome day on Shackleford Banks! The island is home to a large herd of wild horses and massive shells. We were able to dive for large conch shells in the surf. Highly recommend spending a few hours or the whole day here....More

1  Thank seeingallthesights
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was worth the $16 ferry trip over. The Island Express was very friendly & informative on our way over to the island. I was however disappointed in the shelling on the island. We did find some shells, but really not much different than the...More

1  Thank Nancy D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the ferry over at 10.30, and it took about 20 minutes to get there. we saw dolphins from the ferry. The beach where the ferry took us had a rest room, only one we saw there. Beach on that side was very nice,...More

1  Thank Mirva A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i took a boat out of Harkers Island and first stop was Shackleford Banks. While I may have wished someone warned me I would be getting out of the boat in a couple inches of water, it was worth the wet shoes. Several wild horses...More

1  Thank khickey2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Experienced an excellent shelling trip on Shackleford Banks. . Booked a private small skiff for transportation over. Was picked up five hours later. Walked about 10 miles total. Check out the sound side during low tide and then move to the ocean side. Wear sturdy...More

3  Thank Margaret S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent the afternoon at this wonderful island, part of a national park. There were so few people which was great as it was like having our own private beach. Only saw the horses as we were being ferried in however we did not do...More

1  Thank Bunnion
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here by ferry and it was amazing, I would definitely go back. I walked up and down the island where the ferry stops, and I saw both wild horses and several crabs. Also did a lot of shell spotting with my boyfriend, he...More

3  Thank madisonwightman00
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Samantha D
Can you swim?
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
Parijat S
Any recommendations on taking a toddler? I don't think a jogger would work
16 April 2017|
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Response from Karen D | Property representative |
When bringing youngsters, always consider how far you are going to want to walk and that they may not be able to handle a long stay at the beach. Until they get older, plan on a shorter visit to the island. If you don't... More
Debbie W
Is there one area better than other to see ponies
12 March 2017|
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Response from Karen D | Property representative |
The horses can be found in various locations on the island depending on the phase of the tide, the wind direction and other factors. But, perhaps the "easiest" location is the eastern salt marshes at low tide, the horses... More