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Rachel Carson Reserve

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101 Pivers Island Rd Ofc, Beaufort, NC 28516-9701
+1 252-838-0883
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Horse Island

We viewed the island and horses from one of the small boats that venture out into the sound to... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2017
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Carrot Island AKA Rachel Carson Reserve

Where else can you paddle, swim, boat, kayak a short distance across a tidal creek to a magic... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Glenn D
Marshallberg, North Carolina, United States
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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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101 Pivers Island Rd Ofc, Beaufort, NC 28516-9701
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

We viewed the island and horses from one of the small boats that venture out into the sound to allow tourists the opportunity to see the reserve. A very interesting trip.

Thank Bucketgob
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Where else can you paddle, swim, boat, kayak a short distance across a tidal creek to a magic island where feral horses rule, running free and nature offers you a close up look at tidal marsh life while you wade and walk a salty path?...More

Thank Glenn D
Reviewed 5 September 2017

I kayaked to this island from Beaufort. Brought my own kayak, however you can rent them from Beaufort Paddle. There are wild horses that come right up to the waters edge. Lots of current on Taylors Creek.

Thank dheflin57
Reviewed 27 August 2017

I highly recommend it. We had a great sunny week in Emerald Isle except the waves were rough and couldn't swim. We took the ferry to bird Shoals and so glad we did. It was excellent we went 9 in the morning and the water...More

Thank Ginger9708
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Beautiful barrier islands near Beaufort. More horses than people. We accessed via paddleboard (a greaty way to get there). We did not have the proper footwear, though, to cope with the prickly pear cacti and sticker burrs.

Thank Carl B
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I always come out here during the spring and summer months. It's a really paddleboard or kayak out here and will spend the entire day fishing and laying in the sun. The shoals can get kind of crowded during holidays and the...More

Thank Thumper747
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We were in Beaufort to photograph the wild horses. I used a guide, Seavisions Charters, to take me out to the island, where we hiked across to the local herd. Great experience and a beautiful area. If your time is short, I recommend Seavisions charters...More

Thank runner24
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Spent the week at Harkers Island visited Bird Shoals, Carrot Island, Cape Lookout these places are wonderful!

Thank Shad H
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We took the hour and half cruise around the island. It was most informative. On the back side the captain grounded the boat so we could get off and walk across the island to see the wild horses from a distance. I'd highly recommend the...More

2  Thank Lmccrn
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The reserve, which consists of several islands is very easily reached by a small ferry from Beaufort. We enjoyed our morning visit so much we visited a second island after lunch. Wide variety of birds and good views of the wild horses.

Thank johnbirder2014
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28 September 2016|
Response from terrisirig | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We used Island Ferry Adventures, I'm sure you can check their schedules online. When we arrived on the island, yes, walking is the only way to get around. Also, there are trails, but they are very rough and wild, so you... More
Kelly M
23 March 2016|
Response from BrianAtTheBeach | Reviewed this property |
The horses on Carrot Island and Shackleford Banks are separate herds. There are about 35 of them that are resident all the time on Carrot Island. They are there all year long. When it is colder or the weather is... More
28 February 2016|
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Response from NCCoastalReserve | Property representative |
Hello Greg, this is Paula - site manager of the Rachel Carson Reserve. The North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve, the managing entity for the Rachel Carson Reserve, offers regularly scheduled... More