Corova is the area north of Corolla where there are no paved roads. Legend has it that these horses are direct decendants of Spainish Mustangs that survived shipwrecks hundreds of years ago. This herd is now carefully monitored and protected similar to the Chincoteague Pony herd. There are enough horses there that chances are good that you will see them either on the beach or just beyond the beach in the dunes when exploring this area. Please remember these horses are wild and have been known to kick and bite people who get too close. It is best to view them from a distance.
Getting to properties in Corova Beach can be challenging because there are no roads. All but the most experienced sand drivers will need to use their four wheel drive to negotiate the soft sand in this area. The most difficult time to drive on the beach here is at high tide in the summer when it has not rained for a long time or during big storms. A high traffic volume will loosen the dry sand and most four wheel drive vehicles will need to drop their tire pressure to keep from getting stuck. This low pressure gives the tires extra area on the sand and allows cars to “float” on the deep, soft sand. When large storms are off the coast, the entire beach may be engulfed by surging waves. Salt water will ruin brakes and wheel bearings fairly quickly. If you have not visited this area it is cetainly worth the trip. Besides the horses you may see many other types of wildlife including many types of birds of prey, deer, turkey and wild hogs. It is probably best to plan your first trip up there during a period of low tide.