The Best Dog Beaches on the Outer Banks


outer banks best dog beachesIf you’re like many Outer Banks visitors, your pets are a part of the family and no family vacation is complete without them. Luckily for you, the Outer Banks loves its pets too and welcomes you and your canine kids to many of its beaches and attractions. Here are a few of the best DOGgone beaches on the OBX:

#1: Duck. From the sand to the sound, your pup is welcome in Duck! Dogs are allowed unleashed on the beach in Duck year-round, as long as they remain under the watchful supervision of their owners. They are also allowed throughout town, at Town Park, along the boardwalk, and even at town events, provided they are on a leash and well-behaved. Pet accommodations include a dog-friendly water fountain in the park and doggie waste bags and receptacles throughout town. Duck loves dogs!

#2: Jockey’s Ridge, Nags Head. Not quite a beach, but as much sand as you could possibly need! Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States, makes for an exciting adventure for both you and your four legged dune trotter. Pets are allowed in the park as long as they are on a leash no longer than six feet; however they are restricted from all buildings.

#3: Kitty Hawk. Dogs are permitted on the public beaches from 10a.m.-6p.m. from the Friday before Memorial Day to the day after Labor Day as long as they remain on a leash extending no more than 6-feet. During the off-season, dogs must be on a leash no longer than 12-feet, but may be taken off if they will not disturb other beach-goers or the beach itself. The town of Kitty Hawk cares about your pet and therefore has distributed Safe Pet Vacation Kits to all town halls, equipped with a temporary dog tag, contact numbers, and information on what to do if you are separated from your pet while on vacation.

#4: Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Miles of breathtaking, uninterrupted beaches make for a perfect playground for your pet. Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained with a leash no longer than 6-feet long, other than on designated swimming beaches, where they are prohibited at all times.

#5: Nags Head. Bring your dog any time of the day, any day of the year, as long as they are restrained by a leash not exceeding 10-feet long.

Aside from the sandy beaches of the Outer Banks, Fido is also welcome at the Wright Brothers National Memorial to climb the hill with you for a breathtaking view of Kill Devil Hills. For a bite to eat, stop by the beloved John’s Drive In on The Beach Road in Kitty Hawk for one of their famous "Dolphin boats” for you and a "puppy cup” for them. Well-mannered, leashed pets are welcome at the outdoor picnic tables.

So if you’re planning to bring the pups to the Outer Banks this year, make sure to book a pet friendly vacation rental and then check out the beaches and attractions above for an unforgettable vacation for you and your furry family members.

**Any place on the Outer Banks that allows our four-legged friends requires that all dogs be vaccinated for rabies, collared with proper identification at all times, and their waste must be cleaned up immediately and disposed of properly to avoid penalty by law.

**Dogs are NOT allowed on the beaches of Kill Devil Hills or Southern Shores from May 15-September 15 between 9a.m. and 6p.m. unless they are aiding the handicapped and at all times must abide by the year-round leash law. For activities and establishments that are pet-friendly along the Outer Banks: click here.