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Dog Friendly Beaches in North Carolina

3 Dog Friendly Beaches in North Carolina


Dog at Town of Duck Beach, N.C.North Carolina is lucky to have more than one or two dog friendly beaches. Even though there are many places to take your pup, there aren’t as many offering an off-leash option. These three are a few of our favorites, from the top of the N.C. coast to the bottom, for letting your dog roam free – if only for a little while.

Before you get going, be sure to check out 5 Things You Need for a Trip to the Beach with Your Dog.

1. Town of Duck Beach – 1200 Duck Road, Duck (map), 252-255-1234

One of our favorite dog friendly beaches is the town beach in Duck. Not only are dogs allowed on the beach year-round, they’re also allowed on the beach off leash year-round. All the town asks is that you clean up after your pooch and throw waste away instead of burying it or throwing it out to sea, and we’re more than happy to oblige.

Fun Fact: Duck Beach was ranked by FIDO Friendly magazine as one of the “Top 10 FIDO Friendly Beaches.”

2.Dog at Topsail Beach, N.C.2. Topsail Beach, Topsail Beach (map)

Another favorite beach to take our pups to in North Carolina is Topsail Beach. While it’s not a year-round off-leash beach, it’s close: A leash is required mid-May through September, and the rest of the year dogs are allowed to romp freely in the surf – under good voice control, of course.

Fun Fact: Avid dog owners and beachgoers call Topsail Beach the most beautiful pet friendly beach on the East Coast.

3. Oak Island Beach, Oak Island (map)

Oak Island Beach is the southernmost N.C. beach that allows dogs year-round. Dogs are allowed off-leash from October 15 to May 15 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Like Topsail Beach, good voice control is required when you don’t have your dog leashed-up.

Fun Fact: Most of the Brunswick County beaches surrounding Oak Island are also dog friendly.