A photo of Zulu the dog playing on Topsail Beach. Credit: @zulusworld
Gunner My four month old Belgian Malinois, first trip to the beach. He loved it and we will be returning :D
Tully enjoys the freedom of being off-leash at Topsail.
He is happiest at the beach :)
Run, jump, play! Best place for your dog to be free!
Darcy had a blast on Topsail Beach. This was her first ever beach trip and she loved it! Such a great pet-friendly beach!
A photo of Zulu the dog playing on Topsail Beach. Credit: @zulusworld
A photo of Zulu the dog playing on Topsail Beach. Credit: @zulusworld
Gunner My four month old Belgian Malinois, first trip to the beach. He loved it and we will be returning :D


Enjoy a fun day at the beach at Topsail Beach Off-Leash Dog Beach during the off season. Dogs must be on a leash from May 15th through September 30th. At other times dogs are required to be under voice command and can be off-leash. Owners must remove any waste left by dogs on the beach or in town.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Topsail Beach Off Leash Dog Beach has received a rating of 4.8 out of 5 bones by 10 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Apr. 09, 2019
    Topsail Beach NC

    We got to the beach (in early April 2019) and saw signs that said ‘dogs only allowed with leash, pick up after them etc.’ We drove south towards Surf City and saw the signs were different there, they said dogs allowed off leash from Oct-May. We hopped out of the car and up over the dunes and had the whole beach to ourselves!

  • More than one year ago.
    Excellent dog friendly beaches!

    After having a difficult time trying to find a beach for our dog, I began my search on the web. Thanks to this website and the reviews posted, my family and I felt encouraged to visit this place with our dog. It was a great experience. Our dog loved playing in the sand and we had a great time. There were other dogs and she made friends easily. People there were nice and dog friendly. The beach has rules but it is possible to be there with your dog. The beaches are clean and relaxing.

  • More than one year ago.

    I thought the reviews sounded great, but when we went there was a sign at the beach that didn't give on/off season exceptions... There were also quite a few people with dogs on leashes and people with annoyed looks when rookie was off leash. I even saw one woman look frustrated as if she was about to say something she then shook her head and walked off.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Pet Friendly Beach!

    Had such a wonderful experience taking my dog here. This was her first trip to the beach! It was mid October so she was able to run around off leash, which was great fun for her. There were several other dogs there as well and everyone seemed so nice and a lot of people even wanted to stop and say hello to my dog! Will definitely go again!

  • More than one year ago.

    This is our new favorite beach. you have the bay side and the beach side and both are beautiful. Pets were very welcome even off leash until may 15th. Not many people were there either. very nice + relaxing.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great pet friendly community

    Beaches and people were great. we went in Oct and our pets were allowed off leash

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Walks

    this is a great location. if you need a walker go to topsaildogs dot com

  • More than one year ago.
    Koda Loves the Water

    SSSshhhh, Quit telling people about how great this beach is for Dogs! It's mine, all mine!!!! And Koda's too! Just kidding. :) It's great to have a beach that accommodates dog owners and their best friends, even if it's off peak season. I'm not complaining. Topsail's common sense approach is refreshing. Kudos to Tpsail and also thank you.

  • More than one year ago.

    We will be going back to Topsail in the future with our dogs! So wonderful to find a beach that allows dogs!

  • More than one year ago.
    Kawligas Mom

    I've been taking my dog to Topsail Island for 7 yrs now! it is absolutly the best "pet friendly beach" anywhere on the east coast, in addition to being beautiful, and clean! a hidden paradise for pet owners!

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Traveler Photos

We've dug up 8 pictures of dogs at Topsail Beach Off Leash Dog Beach for you below. Enjoy!

Finnie loves the surf
Beach bunnies first trip to the ocean
First Ever Beach Experience for this Pup!
Katie Rose at North Topsail Beach, NC
Topsail/Surf City Beach NC
Diesel's First Beach Trip
Diesel's First Beach Trip

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