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Wild Horses of Corolla

Tidewater + Outer Banks, North Carolina

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  • A black mustang grazing on vegetation.- Wild Horses of Corolla
  • The wild horses are often seen just behind the dunes.- Wild Horses of Corolla
  • These horses have been living in Corolla for nearly 500 years.- Wild Horses of Corolla
  • Little swallows line the telephone wires.- Wild Horses of Corolla
  • Wash Woods lifesaving station is maintained as a historic landmark.- Wild Horses of Corolla
  • Corolla wild horses are smaller on average than than other horses.- Wild Horses of Corolla
  • The horses use the roads, so don't drive quickly.- Wild Horses of Corolla
  • Peering over the dunes.- Wild Horses of Corolla
  • Grazing on the dunes.- Wild Horses of Corolla
  • Humans and horses alike enjoy the beautiful beaches of Corolla.- Wild Horses of Corolla
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Pros: 
The horses allow you to get very close. The location is lovely.
Cons: 
You must have a four-wheel drive vehicle or pay for a tour.
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Region:
Tidewater + Outer Banks, NC
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Corolla Beach is home to the descendants of the North Carolina's first settlers. It just so happens that they're horses! Spaniards abandoned their livestock on the northern Outer Banks in the early 1500s when they left to return to Florida. The offspring of these horses still thrive today among the dunes and grasses as they did nearly five centuries ago.

In order to see wild horses in Corolla, you need a four-wheel drive vehicle, otherwise you must go with a tour company. Tours go out to find horses multiple times every day during the summer. Because these are wild animals, there isn't a set location where you might see them, but there are roughly 100 wild horses that wander the beaches and dunes north of Corolla. No permit is needed to drive on the beach in Corolla, and there are many sand roads leading back from the beach into the woods and rental areas. If you take the time to explore them, there's a high probability that you'll find the horses.

When you see wild horses, be sure to maintain a distance of at least 50 feet. It is illegal to approach, harass or feed them, whether they are on the beach or in the backyard of your rental house. That being said, these horses are very used to humans and will tolerate your presence from a distance. You can observe and photograph them for as long as you want.

If you encounter a sick or injured horse, please call the Corolla Wild Horse Fund at 252.453.8002, but do not approach the animals.

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