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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, located about 15 minutes south of Nags Head, is comprised of beaches, dunes, freshwater ponds, salt flats and marshes, and upland. Wildlife includes over 365 species of birds, 25 species of mammals, 24 species of reptiles, and 5 species of amphibians. Pets are welcome year-round. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Pets are not allowed on the west side of NC Highway 12, except in areas adjacent to parking areas. They are not allowed on wildlife trails. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge has received a rating of 1.0 out of 5 bones by 3 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Anglia
    Jul. 10, 2019
    not allowed at beach

    No dogs allowed on the west side of 12, but they can go across the highway to the beach.

  • Erin
    May. 19, 2018
    Don't bring Fido

    Although their .gov website says dogs are allowed at Pea Island, we drove 40 minutes only to discover dogs are not allowed on wildlife trails. Huge bummer. There are plenty of other places nearby that are dog-friendly. Try those instead.

  • Emily
    More than a year ago
    Not very pet friendly

    We drove through the area today hoping for a long walk with our dog only to discover that the island has many, many regulations. Dogs are not allowed on any of the trails where you can view the wildlife. It appears they are only allowed on the dunes but there are not many legal parking places by which to access the dunes. Big disappointment.

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