This is a map I use when leading our local meet up group. We paddle this route a couple times a year.
Water conditions vary with tide and wind. Can be tame as a kitten to small craft advisory. Other than the boat channels, a lot of the area is waist deep at best.
Leaving Harker's, paddling straight across will lead you to a pier on Shackleford Island. This is where the wild horse pen is. You can walk the area. Numerous horses hang out in this area. Also the beach on the other side is a nice view of the bight and lighthouse area.
After leaving the pier, paddling down the island, horse encounters are hit and miss. As you leave the protection of Shackleford, the crossing to Lookout can be playfully fun to a handful depending on the tides, wind and boat traffic.
In the middle of the bight to the left of the lighthouse is an old historic village. Very nice hike.
Paddling back from Lookout to Harkers, be sure to check out the two islands. One is a haven for Seagulls , the other has Pelicans by the hundreds at times.
Very nice trip. We have camp sound side, without much problem. Skeeters are not to bad on the beach. Keep food covered at night. Raccoons are rampant at night. They will be after your food before the tent is zipped close. Also use extra-long tent stakes.
With your paddling history, this should be a piece of cake.
Couple of You Tube Videos from past trips.
Rescue / Throw Bags
Free Standing Boat Racks
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