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Old 07-30-2007, 09:42 AM
 
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If you have the ability to travel in later fall (oct) or early spring (march or april).. both these areas have great shell hunting... good anytime but can be very picked over during the summer months due to tourist... if yo ucan plan your trips around full moon time when the tide is the highest, you can find some real treasures that get washed up on the shores of the areas that are barrier islands and you have to take a boat to get there... get up early and go... beat the crowds..
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:57 AM
 
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There are some shells at Ocracoke Island. You can get there from the Outer Banks by a long drive south to Hatteras, then take the ferry over. Go down to the inlet between the ocean and the sound, and there's lots of good shells.
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:05 PM
 
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When I went to the outer banks in May I was rather disappointed in the lack of sea shells. I found some beautiful white scallion type shells but nothing of large size. I was looking for the kind of shells that you know you put your ear against it and can hear the ocean lol.

I saw them sold at stores but to me it not same thing as finding these treasures on the beach.

I love to find some sand dollars , scotch bonnets, etc.

I guess my thinking that the outer banks being the most outer point would be a haven are they located further south.

Any suggestions is appreciated thanks.
You can definitely find Conch shells on Shackleford Island as well as Bird Island near Beaufort, NC. You will have to go snorkling to find the big ones, but it's fun. Holden Beach, NC also has a fairly good selection of shells. Forget Wrightsville Beach and and some of the others that have been dredged to death. The outer banks depends on the storms that have hit the area. The currents and water is very rough there.
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile I would agree on the shell spots

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You can definitely find Conch shells on Shackleford Island as well as Bird Island near Beaufort, NC. You will have to go snorkling to find the big ones, but it's fun. Holden Beach, NC also has a fairly good selection of shells. Forget Wrightsville Beach and and some of the others that have been dredged to death. The outer banks depends on the storms that have hit the area. The currents and water is very rough there.
Shackleford is a great spot, of course you have to reach it by boat. The boat trip there is as much fun as the shelling. We actual did the trip to Shackleford by boat all the way from Swansboro.

We also find that some of the "low tide" beaches in Bogue Inlet near Bear Island (Hammocks Beach State Park) are also very good shelling spots for people with boat transportation.

You just have to pay attention to the tides since much of beach is underwater at high tide.

You can get a good idea of the area I'm talking about by downloading the "Park" PDF map from the Hammocks Beach site.

I haven't tried Hammocks Beach itself (but I am guessing the shells might be pretty good there) but there is an inexpensive ferry to the beach. I think it is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

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Old 06-30-2008, 06:38 PM
 
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Outer banks is great in the fall, have been there many times and love it, BUT!!! You must know that there ARE HURRICANES too!!!!
I did encounter this!!!
There is one route in and one route out if you are down at oregon inlet or the national seashore.
I did find some shells there , not like sanibel island in Florida, but just the same a lovely area.
Edisto island is also known for its shelling in South Carolina.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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PS There are less crowds in the fall on the outer banks, But, I did still encounter children and many people traveling as late as mid October in this area.
It is very appealing because everyone is looking for that place that is still "uninhabited".
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