Things to Do at Shackleford Banks
Marvel at the remote beauty of the island as you explore the banks on your hiking journey. With over 9 miles to discover, you can choose to take a nice stroll along the beach or head through the dunes following paths made by the wild horses.
In between the dunes, you will be encompassed by low flat areas that are perfect spots for camping. During your hike, you’ll find relief from the sun on the north side of the island where the trees turn into a thick maritime forest, or head back to the shoreline for a quick dip to cool off.
With the breathtaking natural beauty that Shackleford Bank has to offer, it’s easy to enjoy the entire day here while keeping cool in the pristine waters that surround the banks. If you are looking for a relaxing dip, the Bogue side of the island is soothing and calm with barely a current. The sound waters are ideal for anyone, but groups with small children or dogs will especially enjoy the safety and tranquility.
If you’re more of an adrenaline seeker, the shore side is an adventure for experienced swimmers, but take caution, as the currents can be quite strong. Make sure to always swim with a buddy and check out the Cape Lookout swimming safety tips.