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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Take your four-legged companion for a splash at the pet-friendly Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Manteo, NC. This recreation area allows leashed dogs on all beach areas except those stated as swimming beaches. Pups are also allowed on the grounds surrounding the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the boardwalk and the nature trail. Note that dogs are not permitted inside any buildings. Visit Website

Or call (252) 473-2111 or email caha_public_affairs@nps.gov for more information.


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Cape Hatteras National Seashore has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 2 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 579 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Laura
    Dec 18, 2020
    Best Day Ever!!!

    This was my dogs first trip to the ocean. Hatteras National Seashore was perfect. I kept him on long lead for safety while he played in the surf. We were there in the off season & it was fantastic if just a wee bit chilly. Be sure to practice leave no trace!!! No dog waste, but picked up a few discarded surgical masks. 😖

  • Samantha
    Feb 10, 2020
    Nice beach

    A dog friendly beach! Most areas you need to keep them on a 6 foot leash. We went to the beach access across from the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum while my husband toured the inside. Dogs are not allowed in the museum. Great place to find shells. Watch out for sand burs! Lots in the grassy areas. There was no leash length limit on the info board where we were (and it was off season).

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