Dog-Friendly Beaches on the Outer Banks

March 4, 2019 6:11 pm

Outer Banks Dog-Friendly Beaches

Ramada Plaza - girl walking the dog on the beach

The Outer Banks has an outstanding reputation for offering a family friendly atmosphere in each of its beach communities from the state line in Carova to the tip of Hatteras Island and on Ocracoke Island. And if your family includes a dog we want you to know he/she is welcome to vacation on the Dog-Friendly Beaches on the Outer Banks. Let’s review the dog rules for each town:

Dogs on the Beach

Carova and Corolla: Dogs are allowed on both of theses beaches all year. While there is no leash length limit, dogs must always remain on a leash and under the control their owner or handler.

Duck: Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round, unleashed. Owners but keep their dogs under control at times and have a leash in their possession in the event their dog needs to be restrained.

Southern Shores: Dogs are allowed on the beach before 9 am and after 6 pm between May 15 and September 15; from September 16 to May 14, dogs are allowed on the beach all day. A year-round leash length limit of 10 feet or less applies to all dogs.

Kitty Hawk: Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round. From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day, the leash length maximum is 6 feet between 10am and 6pm. All other times of the year, the leash length maximum is 12 feet. Dogs may be taken off the leash during the off-season only if they are controlled by their owners and do not disturb others. Owners must be within 30 feet of an unleashed dog; and always have a leash with them.

Kill Devil Hills: Dogs are not permitted on the beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 9am to 6pm, unless they are a service animal. Dogs are otherwise permitted on the beach, controlled by a handler with a leash.

Nags Head: Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round, however they be on a leash always that is 10 feet or shorter.

Hatteras Island Beaches and Ocracoke: Dogs are allowed on a maximum leash length of 6 feet, year-round.

Please note that owners must collect pet waste immediately from the beach and dispose of it properly. Service animals are allowed on the beach with proper identification. We know your dog looks just as forward to visiting the beach as you do, and they are allowed to do so, with some restrictions.

Outer Banks Dog Parks

Ramada Plaza - Jack on the beach

There is something special about going to the park. The freedom of the outdoors and the opportunity to make a new friend create curiosity and excitement in a place of exploration. The Outer Banks is fortunate to have 3 dog parks ready to welcome your furry family member.

Kitty Hawk: The Kitty Hawk Dog Park is open to all residents and visitors of Dare County. In order to receive the keycode for entrance and exit through the gate at the Kitty Hawk Dog Park, dog owners are required to complete the Kitty Hawk Dog Park Application and fax, email or bring the completed application and a rabies certificate to the Northern Beach Division Office at 602 Mustian St. Kill Devil Hills for each dog.

Nags Head: Satterfield Landing Rd Dog Park is free and open to the public. Located on the grounds of the Dare County Recreation Park at 227 West Satterfield Landing Road, this park boasts separate large and small-dog fenced in areas, with plenty of room for doggie play. Doggie waste bags are available at the park. Water is also available during the Spring, Summer and Fall months. Water is turned off during the winter months.

Manteo: The Roanoke Island Dog Park is open to all residents and visitors of Dare County. In order to receive the key code for entrance and exit through the gate at the Roanoke Island Dog Park, dog owners are required to complete the Roanoke Island Dog Park Application bring the completed application and a rabies certificate (for each dog) to the Dare County Parks and Recreation Roanoke Island / Mainland Division Office located at 1000 Wescott Park Road, Manteo.

Shopping with Your Dog

We have some of the best and most unique shops here on the Outer Banks. Some of those shops cater to furry family member. Visit the following merchants:

Dog Nutz: This retail store that is simple Nutz about Dogs is located at 799 Sunset Blvd in Corolla.

Outer Barks: The retail store is in the Waterfront Shoppes in Duck, 1240 Duck Rd. Be sure to join in the fun at Outer Barks famous weekly Yappy Hour! Your pups will enjoy complimentary doggie daiquiris, delicious baked treats, pawprint paining and more! Yappy Hour is located on the Back Bar at the Blue Point restaurant, also in Duck, Tuesdays, 4-5 pm.

Cyber Dog USA: Located in the Seagate North Shopping Center, 3105 N Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, this holistic pet shop and school for dogs offers the best in pet food and treats, grooming services and training classes.

Salty Paws Biscuits: These special treats for your dog can be found with the Forbes Candies shops located at MP 9 in Kill Devil Hills; and MP 11 and 15.5 in Nags Head.

Outer Banks Pet Resort

Ocean Sands K-9 Resort is the Outer Banks Vacation Destination for dogs and cats. This resort offers the following services:

  • Overnight Boarding
  • Day Stays
  • Bark or Meow by the Hour
  • GoPro Cam and Videos
  • Self-Serve Dog Wash
  • Board Games
  • Crate Rental

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Our dog-friendly beaches also have dog-friendly restaurants that allow owners to dine with their furry companions. Our short list includes Longboards Island Grill, John’s Drive-in, Art’s Place and Mulligan’s Grille. There are many other restaurants with outdoor seating for patrons which may allow you to bring your dog to breakfast, lunch or dinner. We suggest calling ahead to see if the restaurant of your choice offers canine dining.

Enjoy our Pet Friendly Hotel

Whether you are a new guest to the Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront Hotel or a returning guest, we welcome you and your dogs for an enjoyable stay on the Outer Banks NC. We have dedicated our guest rooms on the first floor for visitors with pets. We understand you will want to walk your dog frequently and our first-floor rooms eliminate stairs and elevators. Guests can bring up to 2 pets for an additional fee of $35 per night. We look forward to seeing you soon, including those tail wagging family members to the beautiful dog-friendly beaches of the Outer Banks NC.