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Dog Friendly Beaches in North Carolina
Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in North Carolina where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in North Carolina.
Top 10 Dog Friendly Beaches in North Carolina

Freeman Park

Freeman Park on Carolina Beach welcomes dogs between October 1 to March 31. Owners must carry a minimum of two suitable plastic or paper waste containers until it can be disposed of in an appropriate receptacle. ...

Oak Island Beaches

Oak Island is an island off the North Carolina coast about 30 minutes south of Wilmington, NC. It is accessible across a bridge (you do not need to take a ferry to get there). Oak Island ...

Fort Fisher State Park

Dogs are allowed on leash year round at the Ft. Fisher State Park. This very wide beach is great for your dog to run and swim with other dogs. Pet waste cleanup laws are strict, and ...

Topsail Beach Off Leash Dog Beach

Dog's must be on a leash from May 15th through September 30th. At other times the dog are required to be under voice command of a responsible person, but does not have to be on a ...

Nags Head Beach

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

Caswell Beach

Caswell Beach, located on Oak Island, is a dog friendly beach year round. Walking on or over sand dunes or beach vegetation by persons or pets is prohibited - $100 fine per occurrence. Dogs must be ...

Emerald Isle Beach

Emerald Isle allows dogs on the beach year-round, but they must be leashed at all times.

Oregon Inlet 4WD Beach

This is a 4 wheel drive beach across the street from Oregon Inlet Fishing center. The fishing center offers free air to re-inflate your tires once you are done your day at the beach. All of ...

Wrightsville Beach

Leashed pets are welcome during the off-season (Oct 1st to April 1st) at this beautiful, clean beach. Please note: Leash laws are strictly enforced.

Kitty Hawk Off Leash Beach

This beach requires varying leash lengths based on the time of year. Dogs are allowed off-leash in close proximity and control of owner.
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