Driving north on route 12 through Corolla, past the Currituck Lighthouse, the pavement ends and a unique part of the Outer Banks begins. Referred to as the 4×4 beaches, this approximately 13-mile stretch of sand is home to the Corolla Wild Horses. These magnificent animals roam freely on the northernmost Outer Banks beaches.
While the horses are a special sight to see, it’s important to remember that they are wild animals. As with many wild animals, they may not be openly visible just by driving onto the 4×4 beaches. Seeing these Colonial Spanish Mustangs freely roaming on the beach could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We recommend booking a guided wild horse tour for a better chance of catching a glimpse of the horses.