Corolla Wild Horses
On the Currituck Outer Banks, legends abound—and some living
legends still roam these remote beaches. The official state horse of North Carolina, the Corolla Wild Horses are descendants of colonial Spanish Mustangs brought by explorers nearly 500 years ago. Here, these wild horses roam freely and are most commonly found in the four-wheel-drive areas of Corolla and Carova. It is illegal to intentionally come within 50 feet of the horses, so that means no petting or feeding, but they can be appreciated from a distance on one of our wild horse tours. We have several tour companies that can get you within picture-taking distance while also giving you a great history lesson about the horses and the area itself.
Corolla Wild Horse Tour Operators
Corolla Wild Horse Fund
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund was formed in 1989 to increase awareness about the wild horses, to protect them, respond to emergencies, and to responsibly manage the herd.
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund’s mission is “To protect, conserve, and responsibly manage the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks, and to promote the continued preservation of this land as a permanent sanctuary for horses designated as the State Horse and defined as a cultural treasure by the state of North Carolina.”
The Wild Horse Museum, operated by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, is free and open to the public year-round. The museum houses displays and exhibits to educate visitors about the wild Spanish Mustang herd in Corolla. The museum includes a wall-sized aerial map of the horses’ range, video displays, and friendly staff to answer questions about how to see the horses as well as learn about their historic significance.
Located in Historic Corolla Village:
1130E Corolla Village Road, Corolla, NC 27927 | (252) 453-8002