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Taylor’s Creek Near The Rachel Carson Reserve – Discussions on Kayaking, Wild Horses, And More

Taylor’s Creek is a body of water than runs along the Rachel Carson Reserve to the South and Front St in Beaufort NC to the North. It’s runs from the mouth of the Newport River in the East to just before Beaufort Inlet in the West. For locals, Taylor Creek and Taylor’s Creek, are interchangeable.

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This body of water is an extremely popular boating, kayaking, and sightseeing area for vacationers visiting the area. If you are looking for a great tourism spot, this is definitely it.

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Taylors Creek And Beaufort Tourism

Given that the width of this body of water is only about 1/4 to 1/2 mile wide, it makes this area a popular spot for a day kayaking trip to the Rachel Carson Reserve (Wildlife) and Carrot Island.

If you are landlocked, you can still enjoy much of the scenery with a pair of binoculars, or by sitting on the boardwalk near the Beaufort Docks with your favorite beverage and enjoy the area. However, we strongly recommend that you drive the length of front street until you find wild horses grazing on the banks of Carrot Island and the Reserve.

This area is also extremely popular for people in to bird watching for coastal birds, and for photographers looking to take pictures of our coastal scenery.

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Taylor Creek is also a popular destination for boaters who are en route to Shackleford Banks or Cape Lookout. Additionally, you will find a considerable assortment of power boats and sailboats that anchor in this area to take a break from their travels up and down the East Coast.

A large majority of Taylor’s Creek is a no wake zone.

If you are using this waterway for boating, fuel can be found at the Beaufort Docks or at the Boathouse at the Eastern end.

If you are in to vintage sailboats or modern yachts, the Beaufort Docks along Taylor Creek is the perfect spot to see these vessels. In the busy tourism season, vacationers love sitting on the boardwalk at Queen Ann’s Revenge or the Dock House and listen to live music and eat seafood.

Vacationers can also enjoy several ferry service boats and cruise boats that take people for tours in the area.

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Are there any kayak rentals where people can rent for the 1/2 day or full day? What about boat rentals?

Where is the best place to see wild horses along Carrot Island and the Rachel Carson Reserve?

How long of a trip is it from the middle of Taylor’s Creek to Shackleford Island and Cape Lookout?

What are some types of shorebirds can one expect to find in this area?

What are some recreational or relaxation opportunities that we missed in this article that is relational to the area?

Do you know how the Rachel Carson Reserve is funded? Are the wild horses protected by the National Park Service like the one’s on Shackleford Banks?

sightseeing along the banks

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

One thought on “Taylor’s Creek Near The Rachel Carson Reserve – Discussions on Kayaking, Wild Horses, And More

  • July 29, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    We did just what you suggested while on vacation to Carteret County last year. My wife and I loved sitting at the Dock House drinking beer, listening to the sailboat mast clink in the wind, while live music echoed down the boardwalk.


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