Exploring the Atlantic Wild Horse Trail with Bonnie Gruenberg

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Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum
1129 Corolla Village Road

Corolla, NC 27927


The Corolla Wild Horse Fund offers activities such as wooden horse painting, discussions and demonstrations with live horses. A rescued mustang comes to visit twice a week in season to be hugged and patted.  A membership program allows concerned citizens from all over the US to become a part of the wild horse preservation efforts.

A website which receives more than 1 million hits annually serves as an information hub at www.corollawildhorses.com, and includes a lively, poignant blog to keep enthusiasts up to date with the herd happenings.

CWHF offers a unique 4- hour wild horse tour that actually involves visitors with the management of the herd. All proceeds directly benefit the Corolla wild horses.  The CWHF greatly appreciates donations of any amount. For 35 dollars, one may adopt a free-roaming Corolla wild horse. This entitles the adopter to a 5’x7’ color photo of the horse, an adoption certificate, and a Corolla Wild Horse bumper sticker. More important, adopters gain the satisfaction of helping the CWHF preserve the wild horses of Currituck Banks.

If you see anyone approaching the horses for any reason, report it by calling . 252-453-8002 weekdays, 252-232-2216, weekends.

 P.O. Box 361

Corolla, NC 27927


Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
316 Marsh Causeway
Knotts Island, NC 27950-0039


Located on the northern end of the Outer Banks, Currituck national Wildlife Refuge is a 960 acre low-salinity estuarine system ten miles south of the Virginia border and three-quarters of a mile north of the village of Corolla. The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service own adjacent properties to the north. No building or other facilities exist on the refuge, and it is only accessible by 4 wheel drive or by boat. The refuge provides winter habitat for waterfowl and to protect endangered species such as piping plover, sea turtles, and sea beach amaranth.

Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve -Currituck Banks site

983 West Kitty Hawk Road

Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

(252) 261-8891


This site is one of 10 natural areas managed by the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine

Research Reserve. This site functions as a “natural outdoor laboratory “ and is open to recreational uses.


Virtual Field Trip

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Carolista Drive

Milepost 12 on Hwy 158 Bypass (south Croatan Highway)

Nags Head, NC 27959



Jockeys Ridge State Park is the largest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States.  Sunset is the ideal time to visit – the views of the sea and sound are stunning, and the evening light reflecting off of the sand and water is magical. This unique park is ideal for hiking and bird watching, especially in the morning and evening when wildlife is abundant. Children can slide or roll down the steep sandy slopes again and again, or sled the ridge on a sand board, boogie board or a piece of cardboard. Disabled visitors can enjoy the 384 foot boardwalk, and sometimes can be transported to the top of the dune in a Park vehicle. The sand is very hot , the wind strong, the light bright, and the sun intense- bring sunscreen, water, sunglasss, a secure hat, and wear good shoes. Despite the popularity of the park, it always feels remote and isolated. It is one of the best places on the Outer Banks to fly kites. The nature center is small but educational and worth visiting – a great place to cool down if you get too much sun on the ridge. Best of all, its free. Hang gliding lessons are about $100 per person for a 45 minute class and  5 short flights off the dune (sign up early- classes fill quickly).

Kitty Hawk Woods
983 West Kitty Hawk Rd.
Kitty Hawk, N.C. 27949
Phone: 252-261-8891

Kitty Hawk Woods includes 1,877 acres of maritime deciduous swamp, forest, and marsh. Wildlife includes gray fox, raccoon, and white-tailed deer, nutria, muskrat, river otter, songbirds, wood ducks, herons, egrets, geese, ducks, swans, and rails. Rare plants include the southern twayblade, wooly beach heather, and the hop hornbeam.


Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
701 West Ocean Acres Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-2525


Nags Head Woods, a 1,092 -acre maritime forest preserve supports an uncommon diversity of plant and animal life in its ponds, marshes, and wetlands. To the north and south it is bordered by two of the largest active sand dunes on the East Coast, Run Hill and Jockey's Ridge. Between the dunes grow lofty oaks, hickories, and beech trees, more typical of Appalachia. At Nags Head Woods you can get a sense of what the Banks were like before civilization took over. Nags Head Woods is a biome of contrasts- maritime forest alongside dunes. Swampy picosins and pine groves. Northern species of flora and fauna thriving alongside southern species.- trees, birds, butterflies, snakes, turtles, and other wildlife. It is tucked back into the sound side of the most densely populated area of the Banks, yet it remains isolated, peaceful, and primitive. Thanks to The Nature Conservancy, it is safe from development, and with your donations will retain its wild character indefinitely. The miles of easy trails and information center are open year-round Wear long sleeves and sturdy shoes.


Activities and Attractions

Corolla Surf Shop

807 J Ocean Trail,

Corolla, NC 27927

252 453 9283


Teaching surfing since 1996, board and wet suit rental.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

1101 Corolla Village Road,

Corolla, NC 27927



Open for climbing, museum and gift shop.

Island Revolution Surf Co. & Skate Park

1159 Austin Street, Suite E, Corolla, NC 27927



Surfing and skateboarding, lessons available.

Kayak Corolla

Corolla Light Town Center, 107 C, Corolla, NC 27927


Kayak nature tours in Currituck Sound

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

Currituck Heritage Park,

1160 Village Lane, Corolla, NC 27927

(252) 453-0221


Must-see museum with wildlife and duck hunting exhibits, films, and 8,000 gallon tank housing a variety of native fish.

Outer Banks Massage Therapy

791 B Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC 27927



Unique massage experiences including in a gazebo on the beach.

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours

2013 Midland Rd, Corolla, NC 27927



Outer Banks Restaurant Tours offers walking and driving tours to restaurants and markets in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Participants meet chefs and owners and sample signature dishes paired with wine or beer.

Segway Of The Outer Banks

Corolla Light Town Center,

1121 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27927



Segway, Kayak, horse tours

Whalehead in Historic Corolla

1100 Club Way,

Corolla, NC 27927




Visiting Horses at

Corolla NC


Campground, hotel, motel, or B&B -- whatever your style,we can point you to great local lodging.


Respect free-roaming horses as wildlife. Keep at least  two school bus lengths between you and the horses at all times., And try not to disrupt their behavior with your presence.

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