Behind the rolling sand dunes and wind-swept beaches, the natural beauty of the Outer Banks is waiting to be discovered. For many, the beauty of the area starts with the wild horses of Corolla. Taking some time to explore the Outer Banks’ wildlife is an absolute must. While you’re here, don’t forget to take advantage of our complimentary Vacation Guide. Full of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events, our guide is your key to the perfect beach getaway!
Where Can You See the Corolla Wild Horses?
About the Corolla Wild Horses
The wild horses in the Outer Banks today are descendant from horses brought over in the 1500s by Spanish explorers. Since then, the population has seen it’s ups and downs as habitats have changed and communities have taken over the Outer Banks.
Today, the horses are protected and preserved thanks to a team of 19 professionals that work for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. This non-profit organization works around the year to make sure that one of Currituck’s best features is around for years to come.
Corolla Wild Horse Tours
While it is possible to see the horses on your own, a guided tour of Corolla is your best chance. 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 still tons of fun 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. If you’re in the area, finding a way to catch a glimpse of the Corolla wild horses is an absolute must!
Embrace the Beauty of the Outer Banks With Shoreline OBX
With gorgeous vacation rentals in every single Outer Banks community, Shoreline OBX is your best option for lodging in the Outer Banks. After exploring the area’s incredible wildlife, return to your luxury vacation property and gear up for your next adventure!
For example, Lemon Cooler is an oceanside home that features comfortable accommodations for 16 guests, a private pool, and exclusive beach access! Relax in style, 1200 feet from the beach on your next Outer Banks getaway. It’s never too early to start planning the vacation of your dreams!