Top 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.

Freeman Park

Freeman Park on Carolina Beach welcomes dogs between October 1 to March 31. Owners must carry a minimum of two suitable plastic or paper waste containers until it can be disposed of in an appropriate receptacle. The bags must be produced and shown upon request.

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 beaches (Caswell, Yaupon, & Long Beach) are very family and pet friendly. The atmosphere is quiet, relaxing and laid back. Dogs have a wonderful time running on the beach or retrieving toys from the low surf.

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 bags are provided for this purpose. Please pick up after your pet so we do not lose dog privileges at this beautiful beach!

Topsail Beach Off Leash Dog Beach

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.
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