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On the Beach The Currituck Outer Banks

The Currituck Outer Banks may be nestled away in the northeastern-most corner of North Carolina, but our beaches are wide open. The ocean is our number-one attraction for good reason: Twenty miles of wide, sandy beaches grace our shoreline. Our other shore, along Currituck Sound, provides endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. From sparkling sunrises to glorious sunsets, our beaches will entice you for celebrations and family time, for rejuvenation and memory making. Like a sand dollar on the shore, a dolphin in a wave, a wild horse on the dune, a kite tail flapping overhead, a lover’s whisper in the moonlight, a child’s squeal in the surf, or the glint of joy in a grandparent’s eyes, our beaches are tucked away to make each moment uniquely yours.

For your convenience, this guide has been divided to highlight both the wonders of our majestic Outer Banks and those on the Currituck Mainland. The Currituck Outer Banks attractions begin here. For information on attractions on the Mainland, please see page 18.

Wild Horses

of Corolla Legends. We’re drawn to them, their mystique and their origins, but encountering a living legend is something else entirely. Some people hike through wilderness, others go on safari and some go to the beach. Yes, the beach, specifically the Currituck Outer Banks. The legendary wild horses of Corolla roam the beaches north of the paved section

of Route 12 in Corolla on the 7,000-acre Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. Accessible to four-wheel-drive vehicles only, this area draws visitors who testify that encountering these majestic creatures against this storied sandy backdrop is the highlight of their vacation. While these horses are known to be descendants of Spanish Colonial Mustangs that have grazed, bred and galloped here for almost five centuries, the question of how they arrived here is a matter of some debate. One legend holds that these gentle beasts swam ashore from a shipwrecked Spanish galleon as it attempted to cross the “graveyard of the Atlantic” as early as 1528,

The wild horses are best enjoyed from a safe distance of at least 50 feet and cannot be fed. (Please remember, they are wild.)

Currituck OBX Visitors Guide  

Relax in the tucked-away paradise of Currituck's Outer Banks, North Carolina. Home of the legendary Corolla Wild Horses and beach driving o...

Currituck OBX Visitors Guide  

Relax in the tucked-away paradise of Currituck's Outer Banks, North Carolina. Home of the legendary Corolla Wild Horses and beach driving o...