Pocasin Lakes Interpretive Center, Columbia, NC. This turned out to be a great little stop. We walked the boardwalk loop and saw lots of turtles, snakes, fish, birds and bald cypress for our first taste of the coastal marshland.
Corolla Beach. We were hoping to see the wild horses and when I’d researched the area it said that you can find them just wandering along the beach and made it sound like they were fairly accessible. Now that we’re here we’ve been told that the only way to do that is with a permit and in a 4 wheel drive vehicle with air downed tires so you can get through the deep beach sand or by tour, which we didn’t want to do. Technically you can walk on the beach but there are 100 ponies in 7500 acres and you’re only allowed to walk along the beach, meaning that you have to stay off the scrub where it seems more likely that the horses would be, since that’s where their food is. We had a really nice walk along the beach but didn’t see a single sign of the horses, not a hoof print or a poop. Pretty disappointing.