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Outer Banks Dog Friendly Beaches

Welcome all four-legged friends.
The beach can be fun and rewarding for both pets and their owners. Towns and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore have their own restrictions pertaining to pets. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet. All pet waste must be collected immediately and deposited in appropriate containers. Please contact each town and the National Park Service for any changes to pet policies. But know that the Outer Banks will always be a pet-friendly destination.


Dogs are allowed on the beach unleashed, but as a matter of public safety and courtesy, they should be under the watchful eye and contact of their owner. Duck beach accesses are privately owned by individual Home Owners Associations, and access is limited to Homeowner group residents and guests.

Southern Shores:

Dogs are allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from May 15 - September 15. Year-round leash law. Dogs must be on leashes no longer than 10 feet. All pet waste must be collected immediately and deposited in appropriate containers. The same rules apply during all hours in the off-season.

Kitty Hawk:

Dogs are allowed on beach and must display a current rabies tag. Owner/handler must remove feces and possess a bag/container for waste removal at all times. From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., dogs must be on a leash not exceeding 12 feet. Dogs may be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people on the beach and must be controlled by the handler, who must remain within 30 feet of the dog at all times. Leash must be with owner/handler at all times.

Kill Devil Hills:

Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 15 - September 15 during the hourse of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. unless they are aiding the handicapped. All pet waste must be gathered in appropriate containers. Year-round leash law.

Nags Head:

Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a least not exceeding 10 feet.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore:

Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained with a leash 6 feet or less at all times.



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