The fabled Corolla wild horses of the Outer Banks are a wonderful sight to see and an amazing thing to experience. The Outer Banks are one of the few areas in the United States where wild Corolla mustangs roam free, wandering the coastline. As a result, the horses draw visitors from around the world and have long inspired the imagination of many. So, how can you see them?
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Where Can You See the Corolla Wild Horses?
There are a few places to see the Corolla wild horses and ponies of the Outer Banks. You’ll find these majestic horses near the town of Corolla, the horses’ namesake. And, you can find other Outer Banks ponies in the Shackleford Banks and Ocracoke.
The wild horses today are descendant from horses brought over in the 1500’s by Spanish explorers. While the exact history of how the horses came to the area and why they settled in the Outer Banks isn’t known, it makes the horses more mystical.
Corolla Wild Horse Tours
There are many good opportunities to see the Corolla wild horses. You can experience a tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Bob’s Wild Horse Tours, or Wild Horse Adventure Tours. Conducted in a 4×4 off-road SUV, you’ll see the horses in their own environment! Tours take around two hours and encompass everything about the Corolla wild horses. You’ll want to bring sunscreen, water, and your camera on the tour. Be sure to make your reservation ahead of time as the tours can fill up fast!
Other Wild Horses in the Outer Banks
Many wild ponies roam Shackleford Banks near Cape Lookout. These ponies are under protection from the National Park Service, making them prime subjects to observe in their natural habitat. Generally, Shackleford ponies tend to be smaller but are great to observe and photograph.
On the northern end of Ocracoke Island, there are 20 “banker” ponies in a fenced-in area that covers over 180 acres. You cannot reach the ponies but can view them on a viewing stand by the fence.
One of Many Great Experiences for Your Vacation
The wild horses in the Outer Banks are one of the great sights in North Carolina. Book a stay with Shoreline OBX at one of our beautiful vacation homes, and take a trip out to see the wild horses. We promise that you won’t regret your opportunity to see these majestic animals. For more information on things to do in Corolla, NC, or things to do in the Outer Banks, NC, be sure to download our free Outer Banks Vacation Guide.