One of the most beautiful sights on the Outer Banks is the image of four or five Wild Mustangs standing atop a dune silhouetted against the sky. The visual perfectly captures the Outer Banks, its history, and the fragile balance that exists between people and nature.
There are approximately 100 wild horses roaming the 4WD area north of Corolla, usually called Carova for the small village at the state border with Virginia. The horses, descendants of the Spanish Mustangs of the conquistadors, have roamed the Outer Banks since the 16th century. At that time, the rivalry for control of North America between Spain and England was intense and often violent, eventually leading to the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.