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Rachel Carson Reserve

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Address: 101 Pivers Island Rd Ofc, Beaufort, NC 28516-9701
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The Rachel Carson component of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve &...

The Rachel Carson component of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve is located between the mouths of the Newport and North rivers in southern Carteret County, directly across Taylor's Creek from the historic town of Beaufort. It is accessible only by boat (local ferry vendor, private vessel, or canoes and kayaks).

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Rented kayaks and paddled to the Reserve

We had a great day, saw about 20 wild horses in the marsh along with lots of sea birds and crabs. The water was low so we got out of the boats to get closer to the horses. It was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
specialspice
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Atlanta, GA
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes there are wild horses and trails. However , Bird Shoals. Shakelford,Bear Island and Sand dollar Island do too. They are more beautiful with areas for shelling and swimming. If you like shrubs and. Ugh then you'd be happy. Otherwise ,chose one of the others. You'll be glad u did Christine

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Thank Christine L
Cary, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I'm trying to reconcile my experience with the experience of other reviewers, and I can't. I think the horses are great, but if you don't see horses (and of course there is no guarantee), there isn't much else there. Carrot Island is just sand, shrubby trees, and horse poop. We walked across Carrot Island to Bird Shoal at low tide... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great day, saw about 20 wild horses in the marsh along with lots of sea birds and crabs. The water was low so we got out of the boats to get closer to the horses. It was a little too much paddling for our 11-year-old--we should have gotten a tandem boat. There's one part of the trip... More 

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was out with photographers to see the wild horses. It was a great place to visit. We did see quite a few horses, nice to walk the trails also. I went back on my own, i took the ferry to get across. It was great.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This reserve offers an alternative to the crowds of the Cape Lookout National Lakeshore, Wild horses, sand dollars, natural beauty. Photo opportunities and more.

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Thank Jon L
New Bern, North Carolina
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to paddle your kayak or SUP and get up close with coastal creatures. From hermit crabs to birds of all kinds to the horses, it is a delight to be so close to the animals. Bring water socks as there are some sharp shells in areas on the island. If you bring Fido, kindly keep... More 

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Thousand Oaks
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We came to Beaufort to enjoy a day trip. The island was on our list and so glad it was! What a fabulous experience! The beauty of wild horses was incredible. We took the ferry over to the island. We hiked both trails and just relaxed and enjoyed the wild horses. Beautiful views of the water and Beaufort. Highly recommend!

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

This was the second time we had been on the Rachel Carson Reserve. The first time we stayed on the trail and saw two horses and took pictures of the landscape only to realize later those were not bushes, but horses as well. This trip, we went off the trail trekking up and over dunes to the easternmost part of... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We were actively looking for a coastal home in another part of the state when we came to Beaufort and never left. The reserve is a big part of that decision. To know so much land like this exists just a boat ride away is beyond belief.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

You often get a peek at the horses from the shore at Beaufort but a boat tour is the best way to see the horses. There is so much history here.

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