Genetic research shows evidence of Spanish ancestry in the Shackleford Banks herd.
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.
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.
Limited food and beverages are sold at the ticket booths at Harkers Island and Beaufort. There are no concessions on the islands.
There are limited shaded areas found under small trees.
The Shackleford horses have often been referred to as ponies because of their size, but they are true horses.
They are wild horses.
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.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST - FERRY SERVICE CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WINDS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS. FERRY SERVICE WILL RESUME ON SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST.
SPRING SCHEDULE MARCH 1 - APRIL 14
BEAUFORT to SHACKLEFORD BANKS
We are departing every hour on the hour beginning at 9 am through 3 pm. Ferries depart from Shackleford every hour on the hour beginning at 10:30 am with the last departure at 3:30 pm.
HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) or CAPE LOOKOUT
We are departing every hour on the quarter hour beginning at 9:15 am through 3:15 pm. Ferries depart from the East end of Shackleford and/or Cape Lookout every hour on the three quarter hour beginning at 9:45 am with the last departure at 3:45 pm.
We are also running COMBO TRIPS from Harkers Island
every hour on the quarter hour beginning at 9:15 am. To get your best experience on BOTH islands, we suggest that you schedule your combo trip at 9:15 am, 10:15 am or 11:15 am.