Shackleford Banks, NC
Shackelford Banks, now part of Cape Lookout National Seashore, was once the most populated island on the Outer Banks. By the early 1900s, storms had devasted the island forcing the residents to relocate leaving only a trace of human habititon. Paddling across the shallow sound waters kayakers will encounter the historic Feral Horses of Shackelford Banks. Also known as Banker Ponies these horses live among the salt marshes and dunes and rome freely across the narrow island feeding on sea grass, digging for fresh water and finding shelter in the sparse maritime forest.
We will take a ferry out to the island. I will send an email to participants, but we will split the $40 round-trip cost. After arriving, we will set up the tents in the dunes and capture some images of the horses at sunset. In the morning, we will hike the beach at sunset at our leisure and prepare for our departure. This is a very low key trip, but all participants need to be prepared. A backpacking checklist will be shared with the group. Please use this as a guide and feel free to ask any questions. A carpool location will be set up through this meetup page.
Required gear includes but is not limited to warm clothing, wind proof layers, a tent that can withstand wind, a cold weather sleeping bag, 3 meals (plus extra food), and two days of water (I am bringing at least one and a half gallons). It can be quite windy on the island so please come prepared.