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Are the horses of Spanish origin?

Genetic research shows evidence of Spanish ancestry in the Shackleford Banks herd.

Are the horses protected by law?

Yes. On Shackleford Banks, they are protected by federal law. On Rachel Carson Reserve, they are protected by North Carolina law and Town of Beaufort ordinance.

Are there bathroom facilities?

Toilet facilities are limited on the islands. Composting-style toilets are located on Shackleford Banks about a half mile on west end. Flush-style toilets are available during the day at the Harkers Island Visitor Center and at the Light Station Visitor Center, as well as on the boardwalk near the ocean beach.

Are there places to purchase food and drinks?

Limited food and beverages are sold at the ticket booths at Harkers Island and Beaufort. There are no concessions on the islands.

Are there shaded areas on Shackleford Banks?

There are limited shaded areas found under small trees.

Are they ponies or horses?

The Shackleford horses have often been referred to as ponies because of their size, but they are true horses.

Are they feral or wild?

They are wild horses.

Can I bring my pet?

Dogs are welcome on Shackleford when held by a six foot leash. This regulation is for the protection of the dog as well as the protection of the wildlife.

Today's Schedule

We are the ONLY ferry service authorized to drop off at Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks!

12/13/18 UPDATE:  Due to rough sea conditions, we will not be sailing out of BEAUFORT only on Saturday & Sunday, 12/15 & 12/16. We will be sailing on our winter schedule out of HARKERS ISLAND.

Please note our revised Winter Schedule from 12/1/18 - 2/28/19.  We will be sailing weekends only except for 12/21 - 1/1 and 2/14 - 2/28 at which times we will be sailing daily. We are closed 12/25. Departures are at 9am, 11am & 1pm from Beaufort & Harkers Island. Return pick-ups are at 11:30am & 3:30pm

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Departing Beaufort every hour beginning at 9:00 am


 Departing Harkers Island every hour beginning at 9:15 am