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Wild Horses of The Outer Banks

How to find the Wild Horses of Corolla

Finding the Wild Horses on Carova Beach/Corolla, NC

If you're planning a trip to Corolla NC, one of the top attractions you shouldn't miss is seeing the wild horses that roam the beaches and dunes. There is no better way to explore the area than in a 4WD vehicle.

  1. Rent a 4WD Vehicle To access the beaches and dunes where the wild horses reside, you'll need a 4WD vehicle. There are several rental options in the area, ranging from SUVs to Jeeps and even Hummers. Make sure to book in advance, especially during peak season, as vehicles can quickly sell out.

  2. Obtain a Beach Driving Permit To drive on the beaches in Corolla if you are not renting a Jeep from Beach4x4, you'll need to obtain a beach driving permit. You can purchase a daily or weekly pass at the Visitor Center or the permit office. The permit is required for each vehicle and is subject to certain rules and regulations, such as speed limits and designated areas for driving. When renting from Beach4x4 the beach driving/parking permits are included

  3. Follow the Rules Once you have your 4WD vehicle and beach driving permit, it's time to hit the sand. But before you do, make sure to read and follow the rules and regulations for driving on the beach. These include staying in designated driving areas, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles and pedestrians, and avoiding sensitive areas such as dunes and vegetation.

  4. Explore the Beaches and Dunes With your vehicle and permit in hand, it's time to start your search for wild horses. The horses typically roam the northern beaches of Corolla, near the Virginia state line. Drive slowly along the beach and keep an eye out for any signs of the horses, such as footprints, droppings, or actual sightings. You may need to venture into the dunes to find them, so follow any designated paths and not damage the sensitive ecosystem.

  5. Enjoy the View Once you spot the wild horses, take some time to enjoy the view and appreciate these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Remember to keep a safe distance and avoid disturbing or feeding them, as it can be dangerous for both you and the horses.

Exploring the wild horses of the Outer Banks in a 4WD vehicle is an unforgettable adventure. Make sure to rent a 4WD vehicle, obtain a beach driving permit, follow the rules and regulations, and take your time to explore the beaches and dunes. And don't forget to enjoy the view of These magnificent Spanish Mustangs in their natural habitat.

Corolla Wild HorseDescended from the Spanish Mustangs brought to the Outer Banks by early explorers, the Corolla Wild Horses have roamed across the Currituck Outer Banks for approximately 400 years. These horses are such a significant cultural and historic resource to our area that the Spanish Mustang was designated as the official state horse of North Carolina in 2010.

These wild horses roam freely in Corolla and are most commonly found in the four-wheel-drive areas of the beach. It is illegal to intentionally come within 50 feet of the horses, so that means no petting or feeding.

Here's a guide on how to find the wild horses of the Outer Banks and have an unforgettable adventure.

Wild Spanish Mustangs of The Outer Banks

Finding the wild horses starts after the 4x4 beach sunrise scene.

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