Can I bring my dog to the Outer Banks?
The beaches of the Outer Banks welcome all members of your family. The townships of Outer Banks recognize that your pet is an important member of your family and vacation wouldn’t be the same without them.
Safe Pet Vacation Kits
The Dare County SPCA has provided “Safe Pet Vacation Kits” to all Outer Banks town halls. It includes information on what to do if you are separated from your pet while on vacation. There is a temporary dog tag and lots of helpful information and contact numbers http://www.obxspca.org/
Guidelines for Pets on the Outerbanks
In every beach town of the OBX, dogs are required to be vaccinated for rabies and wear a collar with proper identification at all times. Pets on the Outer Banks must be kept under the watchful eye of their owners or handlers. Owners must be courteous and immediately clean up after their pet. Waste must be in appropriate containers and not buried in sand or thrown into the ocean. Also, owners must take caution to monitor the heat of the sand for injury to a dog’s paws and watch for signs of dehydration in their pet while on the beaches of the Outer Banks.
Dogs on the Outer Banks Beaches
Leashes are required in Currituck County, but there are no length requirements on the beaches of Corolla Outer Banks.
Dogs are allowed on the beaches of Duck North Carolina unleashed year round. Dogs may stroll through the Duck Town Park on a leash (10 feet or less) or restraint throughout Town including at the park, boardwalk, and Duck Trail. Please clean up after your dog. There are dog waste receptacles and bags provided throughout the park’s grounds. Additionally, a specially-designed, dog-friendly water fountain is available near the playground for our canine friends. Dogs may attend Town events with their owners as long as they are properly restrained and well-behaved.
Year round leash laws are regulation in the town of Southern Shores. Leashes may not be longer than 10 feet. Dogs are permitted on the beaches of the OBX in Southern Shores before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from May 15 – September 15. All pet waste must be collected immediately and deposited in appropriate containers. The same rules apply during all hours in the off-season.
In the Outer Banks town of Kitty Hawk dog owners/handlers must carry a leash not exceeding 12 feet at all times. Dogs may be unleashed if well behaved and handlers/ owners must remain within 30 feet of the dog. Dogs are permitted on the beach from the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., dogs are permitted on the beaches of the Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk and must be kept on a leash not exceeding 6 feet. Violation of any of the rules shall be a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of not more than $50.00
Kill Devil Hills:
There is a year round leash law for the Outer Banks town of Kill Devil Hills.
- Dogs are permitted on the Kill Devil Hills beaches on a leash and under the control of the owner/handler before 9am and after 6 pm from May 15- September 15 unless they are aiding the handicapped. Dog tags are required for all dogs over 4 months old. Bring a copy of the current Rabies Certificate from the vet to the cashier’s window in the Finance Department, 102 Town Hall Drive. There is a $5.00 fee for your tag. Can we bring our pet to
- Jockey’s Ridge
- Pets are allowed in the park. However they are not permitted inside the buildings. Please remember a few safety rules. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. And remember to be considerate of other Outer Banks park visitors and clean up after your pet.
- Wright Brother’s Memorial
- Dogs, cats, or other pets are prohibited throughout the Wright Brothers Memorial park unless crated, caged, on a six-foot leash, or otherwise under physical restraint. Pets running at large will be apprehended and returned to their owner, if known and located, or delivered to the local animal shelter for disposal in accordance with local procedures. Guide dogs for the visually impaired are permitted to remain with their owners at all times
Dogs are permitted on the beaches of Nags Head Outer Banks year round as long as they are restrained by a leash not exceeding 10 feet. Nags Head Woods: Dogs are not permitted in the Nags Head Woods preserve itself but are permitted in the beautiful shaded outlying roads.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Your pets are welcome at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Pet must be on a 6’ leash at all times and are prohibited within any resource closure. Pets are not allowed on designated swim beaches or in buildings. Please, for your pet’s sake, do not leave them unattended. And, for other visitors’ sake, clean up after your pet.
A horse? Of course! If your pet is a horse … that’s ok too! You may ride them anywhere vehicles are permitted to drive except in campgrounds. Horseback riding is prohibited in NPS campgrounds. Riders are required to use ORV ramps when crossing dunes.