North of Corolla, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is a part of Currituck County where a few horses still run wild in a protected habitat. Known for their small and hardy stature, natural beauty, and contribution to Outer Banks history, the horses have been inhabitants of the area for centuries, with a mysteriously mixed bloodline of Spanish mustangs and local domestic stock.
Not too long ago, the Currituck wild ponies used to outnumber the humans. When development finally came to the northern Outer Banks, the horses wandered the streets and shopping centers freely, posing for photos and accepting a wide variety of food. However, they were also in danger of getting killed on the highway or hurting themselves and others in a busy world they didn’t understand.
After a series of endeavors designed to protect the horses and educate humans on their equine neighbors, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund chose to move the horses to a secluded sanctuary at the north end of the Outer Banks, which is only accessible by four-wheel drive.
Sanderling guests can visit these magical horses on a very special Corolla Outback tour, departing from Corolla Village and traveling 10 miles to the north along the unpaved, sandy shoreline to Carova Beach and False Cape Park at the Virginia state line. Your knowledgeable and experienced guide will take you into the Wild Horse Conservation Easement and other protected areas. Even outside of their designated habitat, the horses are often sighted galloping the beach or cooling off in the surf. Unscheduled appearances of wildlife and other photo opportunities unexpectedly occur, creating unforgettable memories. The return trip to Sanderling allows stops for beachcombing and sightseeing. Be sure to bring your cameras!
Self-driving adventures are also available.