Shackleford Banks, the southern-most barrier island in Cape Lookout National Seashore, is home to more than 100 wild horses. Venture out by boat or passenger ferry to enjoy the rare privilege of watching horses that live without the help of man. Appreciate the horses' tenacity and watch their social behaviors. Respectfully stay far enough away to avoid disturbing the horses or endangering yourself, your children, or your pets.
General information on the horses, horse behaviors, and park management can be found in the Shackleford Horses brochure (pdf, 147 Kb) . You can also download our answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Our Local Wild Horses (pdf, 404 Kb). Updates on the horses are posted each year, these reports can be found on the Horse News and Updates page.