The Outer Banks of North Carolina is an incredible place to take a vacation. There's sun, sand, ocean, and wild horses! Yes, wild horses! With the help of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Corolla Wild Horses can still be found safely roaming the shore line. And to continue to keep them safe, vacationers can only admire them from a distance - but still what a beautiful experience, even from afar!

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So how did they get there? We've read and heard many different origins of these magnificent creatures, some dating back 500 years ago. Some believe they were the earliest residents second to Native Americans. Others believe the horses were left behind by Spanish Explorers on a mission to colonize the American Eastern Seaboard. And some believe they are Spanish Mustangs who survived a shipwreck and made it alive to the shore. Regardless of where they came from, the true beauty is that they are still there!

Photo courtesy of Currituck County Department of Travel and Tourism

So where can you find the Corolla Wild Horses? The Outer Banks is a 200 mile string of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina {and a small portion of Virginia}. It's a beautiful and historic place to visit! In fact, the Wright brother's first flight in a powered air vehicle took place here on December 17, 1903. And speaking of history, did you know this stunning place has been called the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" for the many shipwrecks that have occurred here? This looks more like Heaven than a graveyard to us!
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Many Outer Banks visitors who rent a vacation home in Carova spot the horses in their backyards or strolling along their shaded streets, virtually hidden by clusters of live oaks and decades old cedar trees. Others may simply be enjoying a drive along the beach, and suddenly spot a small cluster roaming along the water.

To find out more about the Corolla Wild Horses and The Outer Banks, visit The Outer Banks Website. There you will find information on where to stay, eat, shop, play, plan a wedding, (or honeymoon) along with great history!

You can also get your very own Official Travel Guide for free by clicking here.

If you would like to take a tour to see the wild horses, check out Back Country Safari Tours. They offer Corolla Wild Horse Tours, Segway Tours, and Kayak Tours.