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Dog Friendly Beaches in Nags Head, NC

There are 4 dog-friendly beaches in Nags Head, and 8 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Nags Head.

Pet Friendly Nags Head Beach
Nags Head Beach Bring Fido to splash around in the water and roll around in the warm sand of the pet-friendly beach in Nags Head, NC. Year-round, owners are welcome to bring their furry friends for a day at the beach as long as they are restrained by a leash not exceeding 10 feet. See Details
Pet Friendly Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Nags Head, NC, is pet friendly! You are welcome to bring your pooch with you to enjoy the beach year-round if they are restrained with a leash 6 feet or less. This secluded beach is popular among dogs and their owners who like to get away from it all. To preserve the cleanliness of the area, dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that their dogs leave behind. See Details
Jockey's Ridge State Park Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head, NC, welcomes leashed dogs. Some trails will take you into multiple environments, including wetlands, sandy beaches and grassy dunes. While this pet-friendly park also allows dogs on the sand dunes, note that sand spurs are present (ouch!). The sand can also reach temperatures 30 degrees higher than the air temperature, so ensure that Fido's paws are protected and water is always available during hotter months. See Details
Oregon Inlet 4WD Beach Dogs are welcome at this 4-wheel drive beach across the street from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center in Nags Head, NC. All of the beach rules are posted on a sign at the drive-on entrance. There is plenty of space for fetch and swimming with your pup. Be sure to stay off the turtle nesting areas, which are clearly marked. See Details
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. See Details
Kitty Hawk Beach Bring Fido to enjoy some fun in the sun at the pet-friendly public beaches in Kitty Hawk, NC! From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day, between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, dogs are welcome on the beach on a leash no more than 6' long. At all other times during the year, dogs may be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people or on a leash retractable to 12' long. A leash must be with the owner at all times. See Details
Duck Beach Dogs are allowed on the pet-friendly beach of Duck, NC! Here, pups may splash around unleashed, but as a matter of public safety and courtesy, they should be under the watchful eye of their owner. Note that the town does not own public beach access, and access is only found at privately owned community spaces. Check with the homeowners association or your rental company for beach access questions. See Details
Beach 4x4 OBX NC ​Beach 4x4 OBX NC is a pet-friendly jeep rental company in the Outer Banks at Kill Devil Hills, NC. Rent a vehicle and explore where most tourists can't around the towns of Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Manteo, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras. As an added bonus, you can go on an adventure on the 4x4 only Carova Beach. Beach 4x4 OBX NC is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Kill Devil Hills Beach The beach in Kill Devil Hills, NC, is pet friendly! Dogs are permitted on the beach before 9:00 AM and after 6:00 PM between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Pups must be controlled by the owner and handler if they are on the beach and always on a leash. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess Fido leaves behind. See Details
Southern Shores Beach Dogs are welcome to visit the pet-friendly beach in Southern Shores, NC, with their owners. Fido is permitted on the beach before 9:00 AM and after 6:00 PM from May 15 to September 15. During the off-season, pets are allowed on the beach at all hours. Pups must be on a leash under ten feet throughout the entire year, and owners must clean up after their pets. See Details
Manteo Beach Dogs are allowed on the pet-friendly beaches of Manteo, NC. Pets must be on a leash for the duration of their visit and under the control of their owner. Owners should clean up any mess that is left behind by their canines. Be aware of other people on the beach and keep your pet under voice command. See Details
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, located in Rodanthe, NC, is comprised of beaches, dunes, freshwater ponds, salt flats, marshes and upland. Dogs are welcome year-round and must be on a leash at all times. Pups are not allowed on wildlife trails or on the west side of NC Highway 12 except in areas adjacent to parking areas. See Details