North Carolina is a haven for animal lovers. Numerous pet friendly beaches and parks dot the landscape of this coastal state. North Carolina offers 10 top-notch beaches for humans and their four legged friends to enjoy. Each beach has specific guidelines regarding usage and leash laws.
Carolina Beach Lake Park is the largest freshwater beach in the state, and located next to North Carolina salt waterways. The Carolina Beach Lake Park offers a wide range of activities for the entire family to enjoy. Sheltered picnic areas, a gazebo, clean restrooms, and a large playground are available at this lakeside park. Leashed dogs are allowed in all areas of the park year around. Pets are allowed on the beach areas from November to February. Pooper-scoopers or plastic bags must be carried, and deposited is designated trashcans.
Fort Fisher State Historic Park is located on Kure Beach. Dogs are allowed to play anywhere in the park, except the beach area. Pets must remain on leashes no longer than six feet long.
The Carolina Beach State Park is nearly 770 acres in size. This intra-coastal waterway also boasts expansive hiking and level walking trails. Dogs are allowed within the park, but must have proof of rabies vaccinations, and remain leashed.
Freeman Park Recreation Area allows dogs off leash at specific times, and within voice control of their owners. This large recreation area offers scenic hiking paths, and sand dunes for “Fido” to enjoy. During the months of April through September, dogs must be leashed.
Manteo Beach allows dogs on the waterfront areas year around. Pets must be licensed, possess current rabies tags. Dogs must remain leashed, and owners are required to carry pooper-scoopers while at Manteo Beach.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore permits dogs on leash to enjoy the park year around. Dogs may not play in the designated swimming beaches at any time.
The Fort Macon State Park allows beach access to leashed dogs. This Atlantic Beach area permits dogs to enjoy the entire area, except the Civil War Fort on site.
Topsail Beach is pet friendly year around. During the non-summer months, dogs may be off leash. This is the largest pet friendly public beach in North Carolina. Twenty beach access points allow for easy access to the Topsail Beach, on Ocean Boulevard.
Nags Head allows dogs to be on the beach year around. While dogs must remain leashed at all times, owners are allowed to use a leash up to ten feet long. Current rabies tags must be attached to the dog’s collar.
Kitty Hawk Beaches allow dogs on the beaches year around. Pets are permitted to enjoy the beach from 10 am. – 6 p.m. Owners are permitted to use a retractable leash up to twelve feet long during the non-summer months. During the summer months, dogs must remain on least up to six feet long only. Well-trained dogs may be off leash in the non-summer months. Current rabies tags are required.