Wild Mustangs of the Outer Banks, North Carolina


wild horse roams the dunes

Welcome to the Outer Banks, a 130-mile stretch of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. The beaches of Corolla here are home to one of the last remaining herds of Spanish Colonial Mustangs where they roam free in what is basically their 7,500-acre sanctuary.

I joined a tour with Wild Horse Adventure Tours because they had been voted the #1 Tour Company in America by TripAdvisor and they invited me! They believe that through awareness and education we can protect the wild mustangs and their habitat, and a portion of tour proceeds are donated to land protection and reforestation efforts. I thought we would be lucky to see any horses at all. I was so wrong. We saw 11 horses in four different locations, each of them just beautiful. I had the front seat of our open air ‘Safari Hummer’ and our guide was considerate enough to position the truck so I could get the photographs I wanted. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Beyond exploring the beach and dunes, we had the opportunity to access a game reserve that’s privately owned by the tour company; this protects the land from development and I believe it also gives them a leg-up on competing tour operators. It was there that I spotted a gorgeous reddish deer, two coyotes and a few turtles. Thank you so much Wild Horse Adventure Tours! I won’t forget it.

Seagulls, Royal Tern and Sandwich Tern birds share the coastal habitat on Corolla Beach.

Seagulls, Royal Tern and Sandwich Tern birds share the coastal habitat on Corolla Beach.

Make sure you have your pelicans in a row!

Make sure you have your pelicans in a row!

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I bet you could see wild mustangs from the porch of this vacation rental every day.

I bet you could see wild mustangs from the porch of this vacation rental every day.

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Yes, we see you stealing from the bird feeder.

Yes, we see you stealing from the bird feeder at that vacation home.

For more information you can visit their website at WildHorseTour.com or watch their short video below.

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