Dog Friendly Activities in Southport, NC

There are 19 dog friendly activities in Southport, NC. Use the links below to get an overview of each attraction, 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 Southport, NC, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Bald Head Island Ferry

Head out from Deep Point Marina and travel to Bald Head Island on the pet-friendly Bald Head Island Ferry. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are free with a paying passenger. Dogs are not allowed inside the passenger cabin, but are permitted in the exterior areas of the ferry. For most of the year, ferries leave the mainland on the hour and the island on the half-hour, beginning at 7 a.m. The winter schedule may be abbreviated, and the summer schedule expanded.

Priority Sailing

Priority Sailing offers sailing lessons and cruises around the shoreline of Southport and through the Atlantic to Bald Head Island. Pets are welcome if they feel comfortable, life vests are available in large and medium sizes.

Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room

Silver Coast Winery's Southport tasting room is dog friendly! Bring Fido to join you while you sample Silver Coast's wines and craft beer. A water bowl is provided for dogs.

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!

Wilmington Dog Park at Empie

Wilmington Dog Park at Empie is the first functional off-leash dog park in Wilmington. The park is incorporated into a 2-acre site of unused land within the confines of Empie Park. The park is completely fenced in with two play areas -- one for large dogs and another dog dogs under 20 pounds. There is also water, pet waste stations, and lots of shade. Located on the corner of Independence and Park Ave, Behind Steinmart.

Caswell Beach

Caswell Beach, located on Oak Island, is a dog friendly beach year round. Walking on or over sand dunes or beach vegetation by persons or pets is prohibited - $100 fine per occurrence. Dogs must be on a leash - $25 fine Only summer exception: Dawn - 9:00AM on the beach only while under adult owner’s strict supervision and control. You must carry and use plastic bags to scoop up after your dog - $25 fine

Wrightsville Beach

Leashed pets are welcome during the off-season (Oct 1st to April 1st) at this beautiful, clean beach. Please note: Leash laws are strictly enforced.

Dog Park at Hugh MacRae Park

This dog park, located in Hugh MacRae Park, features separate areas for small and large dogs, picnic tables, and shaded areas.

Carolina Beach State Park

Pets are welcome to join you on-leash on the beach and campsites of this state park near Wilmington.

River to the Sea Bikeway

The River to the Sea Bikeway is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Wilmington! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the River to the Sea Bikeway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6016430">TrailLink.com</a>.

Gurney Hood Dog Park at Joe Eakes Park

Bring your pet to play off-leash at this fenced dog park, which includes separate small and large dog areas, doggie drinking fountains, and Frisbees.

New Hanover County Arboretum

The Arboretum features a variety of plants that grow in our coastal area as well as emerging trends in plant material. The arboretum has a very knowledgeable staff and many volunteers working to make the gardens beautiful and educational. Come out and discover what makes us so extraordinary. Leashed pets are welcome to visit the grounds.

Halyburton Park

Halyburton features a dog-friendly 1.3 mile nature trail that is paved and mostly shaded. The park also includes a doggie water fountain, picnic areas, and a children's playground.

Holden Beach Dog Park

A dog park on Holden beach on a nice quiet street with plenty of room for your pup to run

Wilmington Home Brew Supply

Wilmington Brewing Company is excited to serve you fresh local beer straight from the tank to your glass. Located right in the middle of Wilmington, WBC includes a 3bbl brewery, tasting room, and a Homebrew supply store. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Bald Head Island Beaches

Bald Head Island is surrounded by 14-miles of pristine beaches. You'll need to take a pet-friendly ferry to get there (from Southport), but once you arrive, you'll find that dogs are allowed off-leash on any of them year-round. The only exception to this is in turtle nesting season, when dogs must be leashed from sunset to sunrise. South Beach features long stretches of sand and calmer waters, while East Beach is better for boogie boarding and surfing. If you don't want to bring beach gear along with you on the ferry, you can rent everything you'll need from Riverside Adventure Company.

Greenfield Lake Park

Located adjacent to Greenfield Lake, Greenfield Lake Park has 250 acres of outdoor space for you to enjoy with your pup. Park features include a 5-mile walking trail, gorgeous gardens, water fountains, ample green space, picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, and more. Dogs must be leashed at all times.