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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

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 ...

Freeman Park

Freeman Park on Carolina Beach in North Carolina has the friendliest and most well behaved dogs of any beach on the south-east coast of NC. You can drive your 4 wheel drive vehicle right onto the ...

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

A leash is required from mid-may through September. The rest of the year dogs are allowed off-leash with good voice control.

Nags Head Beach

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

Emerald Isle Beach

Emerald Isle allows dogs on the beach year-round, but they must be leashed when in the water.

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 ...

Wrightsville Beach

Pets are welcome during the off-season (Oct 1st to April 1st) at this beautiful, clean beach.

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 ...

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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