Horses of Shackleford Banks
Shackleford Banks, the southern-most barrier island in Cape Lookout National Seashore, is home to more than 110 wild horses. This is one of the few places in the eastern United States where wild horses can still be seen. Shackleford Banks is approximately nine miles long and averages less than a mile wide. It contains many habitats, unique to barrier islands, which support the horses.
General information on the herd, behaviors, and park management can be found in the Shackleford Horses brochure (147KB, pdf). You can also download our answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Our Local Wild Horses (pdf, 377 kb)
Articles on the herd, including tips for horse watching, have been published in current and past editions of the park newspaper. These articles can also be downloaded from the links below:
Information on the management of the herd can be found in the General Management Plan on the Current Documents page.
View more pictures of the Shackleford herd in the Horses Photo Gallery.
Did You Know?
In the early 1900s, development plans were proposed for Cape Lookout. The layout had more than 3000 lots and included a railroad connecting Beaufort to the Cape Lookout Coast Guard Station. Photo courtesy of Samuel Lee Willis.