Wild Spanish Mustang on the beach

Plan a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience!

A truly unique and perhaps ‘once in a lifetime’ experience is to plan an excursion to see wild horses in their natural habitat while in North Carolina. There are four main areas where wild horses are still in existence and it is an opportunity that can’t be missed.

Where did they come from?

Spanish Mustangs have been on the Carolina coasts for nearly half a century and were brought over by European explorers—they have survived in nature and continued to reproduce for all this time!

Where are they located?

Today, there are four main locations where wild horses still roam free, they are listed below along with details on how to see the horses at each location.

  1. Currituck Banks, North Carolina

The Corolla Mustangs can be found in Currituck Banks, NC – which is part of the Outer Banks –and are probably the most famed of all the wild horses. In order to see the horses, you must have four-wheel drive to get on the beach safely, but if you don’t, there are tours available to the public. Try Corolla Wild Horses Tours or See Corolla Wild Horses to book your adventure today!

2. Shackleford Banks, North Carolina

The Mustangs of Shackleford Banks, NC run free between Cape Lookout and Beaufort Inlet and can only be seen by boat tour, personal boat or ferry ride. There are over 100 horses who live and survive alone on an isolated island and have for hundreds of years! Visit the National Park Service webpage for more information on tours!

3. Beaufort, North Carolina

The wild horses of Beaufort, NC live on the Rachel Carson Reserve and are only accessible via ferry. Have a look at Island Ferry Adventures to learn about how you can experience the wild horses of Beaufort.

4. Ocracoke, North Carolina

The wild horses in Ocracoke are typically called ponies, but they are in fact full-sized horses, and you won’t need to take a boat to see them! You can visit the Ocracoke “ponies” by walking up to their pens located near the Ocracoke Village. For further information on the pony pens, visit the National Park Service website to see details about visitation and feeding times.