The Outer Banks is one of the most pet-friendly areas in the country! However, each town on the Outer Banks, from Corolla to Ocracoke, has different rules regarding when dogs are permitted to be on the beach. If you would like to bring your dog to the beach, be sure to follow these rules to ensure you have a relaxing vacation.
If you are staying in a Corolla vacation rental and are considering bringing your dog to the beach, be sure to bring a leash. In Corolla, dogs are permitted to be on the beach throughout the year. However, they are required to be on a leash.
Dogs are permitted to walk on the beach in Duck without a leash year-round, but you must pay close attention to your dog. If you are walking elsewhere in Duckâ€™s town limits, your dog must be wearing a leash. The leash should not be longer than 10 feet.
In Southern Shores from May 15 to September 15, dogs are not permitted on the beach from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Outside of those times, and in other areas of the town, dogs must be on a leash.
Dogs are permitted on the public beaches in Kitty Hawk. From the Friday preceding Memorial Day to the day after Labor Day and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., your dog must be on a leash. That leash cannot be longer than 6 feet. Outside of that time period, the leash can have a length of up to 12 feet. If you decide to take the leash off your dog, the dog must remain within 30 feet of you, and you must pay close attention.
Dogs are not permitted on Kill Devil Hills public beaches from May 15 to September 15 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. unless the dog is a service dog. Outside of this time period, your dog must be wearing a leash on the beach.
In Nags Head, your dog is permitted on the beach year-round, but he or she must be wearing a leash.
The town of Manteo permits dogs to be on the waterfront throughout the year if they are on a leash. Leashes cannot be longer than 6 feet.
At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, pets are prohibited on beaches that are designated as swimming beaches. On beaches not designated as swimming beaches, dogs must be wearing a leash that is up to 6 feet long.
On Ocracoke Island, dogs are not permitted on beaches that are designated as swimming beaches. On other Ocracoke beaches, dogs must be wearing a leash that is up to 6 feet long.
Though each town has some unique rules, there are a few rules that apply to every town:
1. Dog owners are expected to pick up all waste produced by their pets.
2. Whether a town requires dogs to be leashed or not, all towns require owners to pay close attention to their dogs while on the beach.
3. Service dogs are permitted on all beaches no matter what time of the year.
For more information on rules for pets in the Outer Banks, you can visit OuterBanks.org and VisitCurrituck.com. If you are interested in learning about Outer Banks pet-friendly vacation rentals, please contact us at 1-800-458-3830. Weâ€™d be happy to help you find the perfect vacation home for your family and pets!