Shackleford Banks - Gone But Not Forgotten

Shackleford Banks — an uninhabited barrier island accessible only by boat skirting Carteret County, North Carolina was once connected to the Cape Lookout National Seashore’s Core Banks until the “Outer Banks Hurricane” of 1933 produced a breach that became Barden Inlet on the easternmost part of the island. For most of its existence, Shackleford has been and still is famous for its feral “banker horses,” rumored to have descended from Spanish mustangs that fled a shipwreck. But for almost 50 years in between, Shack was known for something else.

Shackleford Banks was the East Coast's finest beachbreak before an amalgam of factors sealed its fate.