Beaufort → Shackleford Banks

Round-Trip Ferry Ride: Town of Beaufort Ferry Gateway → Shackleford Banks & Return Trip

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Ride to Shackleford Banks West End

Enjoy this scenic 15-20 minute Shackleford Banks ferry ride to the west end of Shackleford Banks, where you can go horse watching, shelling, fishing, birding, and camping. This ferry service is the best way to get to the island! Look for dolphins as we cruise to Shackleford Banks.

The island is famous for a herd of over 100 Banker horses, the possible descendants of Spanish shipwrecks from over 500 years ago. They make up one of the few remaining isolated groups in North America.

You can also collect some amazing seashells along the water’s edge!

Although infants (ages 2 & under) are free, they must still be included in your reservation.


  • Mar 1 –  Apr 13: Every hour from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Apr 14 – Sept 15: Every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sept 16 – Nov 24: Every hour from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Nov 25 – Feb 28, 2020: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.

Ferry Route