Dog Friendly Beaches NC

Seeking some fun for fido at the Top Dog Friendly Beaches NC? 

Nothing beats the dog days of summer like spending it at one of the beautiful beaches of North Carolina. People aren’t the only ones who enjoy the beach though. Your faithful, four-legged friend might enjoy splashing in the waves and running along the shore too. Different places have different rules regarding leash laws and whether dogs are allowed at all. Dear dog lovers, Sandy has put together a list of the most dog-friendly beaches in North Carolina just for you.

North Carolina’s Dog Friendly Beaches

1. Nags Head Beach

Taking a trip to Nags Head? Your furry companion can enjoy a lovely beach day here too. Just stay between mile marker 10 and mile marker 21 and keep them on a lead. This idyllic Outer Banks destination is a favorite of many travelers and locals alike.

2. Topsail Beach

Topsail Beach seems to be a favorite of travelers and locals alike, who want to bring their pup for a day of seaside fun. This beach allows dogs off the leash between September and May. Also, it has a generous 20-foot lead law during the high season. Along with Nags Head Beach, Topsail Beach was named one of the most dog-friendly beaches in America, according to a recent poll.

3. Kitty Hawk Off-Leash Beach

Kitty Hawk may be known for the famous flying Wright brothers, but did you know that it’s also home to one of the most dog-friendly beaches in North Carolina? Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, during the hours of 10am to 6pm, dogs must be on a leash that doesn’t exceed six feet. Take Fido on an early morning jog down the coast to enjoy off-leash time, or wait and travel after the summer crowds have departed for a restriction free vacation.

4. Freeman Park at Carolina Beach

Freeman Park is a popular spot in Carolina Beach. Dogs are welcome here year round. Bigger crowds in the summer come with leash requirements, but if you visit between October 1st and March 31st, your pup can roam, leash free.

5. Oak Island Beaches

Oak Island is a dream for dogs and their owners. This beautiful island off the coast of North Carolina is home to not one, not two, but three pet-friendly beaches. Like Freeman Park, your dog must be on a lead no longer than 10 feet during the summer, but from October to March, are welcome to frolic away, leash free. Stop by Shagger Jacks for a frosty beverage and delicious bites, where Rover is always welcome on the patio.

When traveling with your pets, whether you are enjoying the sparkling coasts of North Carolina or a mountain getaway in Colorado, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a relaxing time for you and your pet. Before traveling, make sure they are up to date on rabies shots and other necessary vaccines. Keep a record of this with you. An ID tag with your name and contact number is a great way to protect your furry friend if you get separated. Always carry extra waste disposal bags and keep a leash handy, even at off-leash parks and beaches. BringFido is an excellent resource for those traveling with pets and features reviews on various dog-friendly restaurants, activities, and accommodations. Contact us for more helpful tips to make your beach vacation the absolute best.

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