from Morehead City NC, Beaufort NC, Atlantic Beach NC, Emerald Isle NC, &
New Bern NC
The Original and Best Guided Tour on the Island
a 15 minute ferry ride over to the pristine Outer Banks Island of Shackleford Banks,
which is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There you will be introduced
to the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks.
This free roaming herd is believed to have
descended from Horses that were brought here roughly 400 years ago, and
still survive as one of the last isolated groups of wild horses in the US. You
will help your guide track the horses and see first hand the fascinating
behavior of horses in the wild, a
rare experience with nature that you'll never forget. Bring your
camera for pictures that will forever remind you of this amazing place and
its fascinating inhabitants.
After the tour, you will be directed to
one of the best shelling beaches in all of North Carolina where you can
spend some time on your own shelling your way down the beach, with the
Cape Lookout Lighthouse off in the distance. Shackleford is well known as one of the best shelling
destinations on the East Coast.Among
other things, you can find Conchs, Whelks, Queen’s Helmets, Scotch
Bonnets, Olive Shells, Sand Dollars, and more.
Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks!!
Kids 11 and Younger - $15
includes Round Trip Ferryto/from
Shackleford Banks, NC
The Wild Horse & Shelling Safari
is a guided tour that takes place on a wild, yet beautiful, Island.
There are no sidewalks or boardwalks on the Island, and the tour is of a
strenuous nature. You will walk up to 2 miles over soft, deep
sand, up and over sand dunes and through potentially muddy salt marshes.
Additionally, be aware that the tour will take the group hiking into the
interior of an uninhabited, undeveloped Island where access to medical
attention is difficult and timely to arrange.
If you have any trouble walking,
or have any pre-existing conditions that affect your health in a way
that would make it difficult for you to handle the terrain and physical
demands described above, or if it would be dangerous for you to be far
away from the possibility of emergency medical attention, then this tour
is not recommended for you.
Please be sure that all the
members of your group are aware of the warning above, and the members of
your group are not placed in danger by overestimating or overstating the
abilities of the members of your group.
Born mid-April, 2007. Photo by the NPS.
is the newest foal on Shackleford Banks. Born mid-April, 2008.
Photo by the NPS.
The Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari is scheduled by reservation only as long as we can
reach a minimum number of guests and are able to schedule a guide
The tour is by reservation only. You must speak with
a member of our staff to confirm your reservations.
What do we need to Wear?
You should wear what you would normally wear for a
"Day at the Beach" - Many people like to wear their
bathing suit so that they are able to swim if they choose.
You will want to wear shoes that you don't mind getting
sandy or wet. We find that the best choices are sandals with a heel strap,
Crocs, water shoes, or the equivalent. You probably don't want to wear
sneakers and socks, or any type of shoe with a heel.
A hat is a good idea - there is very little shade on the
What do we need to Bring?
You are welcome to bring as much or as little as you
like. Since you are able to spend additional time on the island after the
tour, you are welcome to bring coolers, beach chairs, umbrellas, beach bags,
fishing rods, etc... Many folks like to bring a picnic lunch and stay on
the island for an extra hour or two after the tour to have lunch, spend more
time looking for shells, go swimming, go fishing, or whatever else.
Shackleford is a great place to spend the day relaxing and soaking up the sun.
It's important that you know there are no concessions of
any kind on the Island, so you will need to bring whatever you need to be
comfortable with you.
You should definitely bring some water. Other things
to consider bringing: sunscreen, camera, binoculars, snacks, etc...
How long will we be on the
The minimum amount of time you will be on the island will
be 2 hours.