On my ferry excursion to Cape Lookout, we passed Shackleford Banks, an island that is home to more than 110 wild horses. These sturdy little mustangs have lived here self sufficiently for centuries, and are thought to have originated from European explorers and settlers.
You can visit Shackleford Banks to observe the horses from a safe distance by taking the ferry from either Beaufort, or Harkers Island (http://www.nps.gov/calo/planyourvisit/ferry-schedule.htm). This is one of the very few places in the Eastern Untied States where wild horses can be seen in their habitat, so make sure you bring binoculars and of course, if you're a photographer, a good zoom lens!
If weather, or time doesn't permit a trip to Shackleford Banks, and you want to learn more about the mustangs, or even adopt one (!), you can also arrange for a visit to the Foundation for Shackleford Horses (http://www.shacklefordhorses.org) nearby, founded by Carolyn Mason. Please note that although visits here are free, the non-profit foundation greatly appreciates a donation to keep their efforts going.
A warm thank you:
Travel provided by The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority (www.crystalcoastnc.org) and accommodations partner, Emerald Isle Realty (www.emeraldislerealty.com) #CaptureTheCoast #MyCrystalCoast”