Visit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is the non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity that is responsible for the care and protection of the wild Banker horses roaming the northernmost beaches of the Outer Banks. Our museum contains exhibits of the horses' historic and cultural significance, and our gift shop is filled with mission-related items that are sure to please horse lovers of all ages.
Check our online events calendar for fun and educational activities all summer long and periodically throughout the year. Our Museum and Gift Shop are open year-round. All proceeds benefit the Fund and its work to protect, conserve, and responsibly manage the Corolla wild horses.
What does the Corolla Wild Horse Fund do? Management includes monitoring herd and individual horse health; 24/7, 365 days a year emergency response and rescue; breed conservation; maintenance of an off-island rescue facility; gentling and training of horses removed from the wild as a result of life-threatening illness or injury; and scientific and veterinary research studies in partnership with organizations including NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, and UC Davis. Our support programs include public education, advocacy, habitat preservation, and children's activities.
What motivated the group to form? Prior to 1985, the stretch of road between Duck and Corolla remained unpaved and infrequently traveled. The paved road was finished that year, and from that time until 1996, twenty horses were struck by vehicles. Paving the road allowed for major development and led to more and more contact between wild horses and humans, and their vehicles. A group of citizen-volunteers came together to try to change this tragic, destructive pattern and better protect the Bankers.
"The Sanctuary" and the Sound-to-Sea Fence The early founders of CWHF researched and attempted several strategies to stop horse fatalities caused by traffic on Highway 12 between Duck and Corolla. In the end, the most effective solution, although controversial, was to move the remaining twenty horses north of the paved road to the 4x4 area. No one was certain just how many wild horses were already in the unpaved area north of Corolla. By 1997, CWHF completed the southern sound-to-sea fence at the end of the hard road and the wild horses were relocated to the new "sanctuary."
The northernmost fence is eleven miles north of the road terminus on the Virginia state line. Unfortunately for the horses, development continues to push north. Although referenced as a wild horse "sanctuary", the 7,544 acres of land accessible to the horses is actually a mix of 1/3 public land and 2/3 private land. There are 3,000+ platted lots with about 30% of the northern beaches currently developed. The beach itself is considered a road open to the public. It is the only access for residents and visitors to Swan Beach, North Swan Beach, and Carova, the growing communities north of the hard road.
A documentary detailing the formation of the Fund and its effort to relocate the horses can be viewed in our Museum and Gift Shop in the Historic Corolla Village.
Locations and Activities
The Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Gift Shop is located at:
1130-E Corolla Village Road, Corolla, NC 27927
Our Museum and Gift Shop are open Monday- Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
We exhibit 22 educational panels about the horses as well as two documentaries. Visitors are welcome year-round.
Order online and shipping is available to all 50 states. Porch Pick-up is available Monday-Friday.
Please check our calendar of events to see what's happening each week during the season, such as Mustang Mornings at the Farm, open houses, and various collaborative celebrations with local vendors. All events listed to be at the Farm (this includes Mustang Mornings and all Open Houses) take place on the mainland in Grandy. www.corollawildhorses.org
We welcome the opportunity to speak to your group about the wild horses of Corolla who are designated as the State Horse and defined as a cultural treasure by the state of North Carolina. If you would like a representative to speak to your classroom or civic association, please email for more information (email@example.com).
Help Us Keep the Horses Safe!
View the Bankers from at least 50 feet away (Currituck County Wild Horse Ordinance) and PLEASE DO NOT FEED! It is against the law and carries a substantial fine. Moreover, feeding can be fatal. The wild horses have a very specialized diet and are only used to digesting the natural beach grasses that the land affords. Feeding puts them at risk for painful and sometimes fatal colic. Appropriately disposing and securing outdoor trash to prevent the horses from harm is critical. It is essential for your safety as well as the horses’ safety to follow all regulations.