The Outer Banks is nationally renowned as one of the east coast’s best beaches…foreveryone in your family! With miles and the beautiful outdoors to expore, visitors to our pristine beaches will find no shortage of pet-friendly hot spots.
From our beautiful beaches and nature trails to doggie events and special ice cream “puppy cups,” your 4-legged friend will love an Outer Banks getaway just as much as you! And with a variety of OBX pet-friendly rentals from Corolla to Hatteras Island, every member of the family is welcome at Resort Realty.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack up the crate, leash, dog bed, frisbees, read our pet policy, and then road trip it to the OBX to check out our favorite dog hangouts!
1. The Beach
The beaches of the Outer Banks are well known for being uncrowded with plenty of soft sand for everyone to enjoy! From fetching Frisbees in the waves to chasing the occasional ghost crab or sandpiper, your furry friend will have the time of his/her life. Just be sure to follow each town’s specific leash laws.
2. The Sound
Travel to the other side of the OBX, and you can enjoy a day on the sound. The Croatan, Roanoke, Currituck and Pamlico Sounds are perfect for dogs, with tracts of maritime forest and sandy beaches complete with shallow waters for playing or cooling off. Even better? The beaches on the soundside have water that reaches a total depth of about 5 feet — ideal for a splashing good time.
3. Nags Head Woods
Owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy, Nags Head Woods Preserve is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy. Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve is made up of 1,092 acres consisting of sand dunes, ponds, marshes, and wetlands – nestled on the soundside (westside) of the Outer Banks. Hiking trails are open from dawn to dusk every day for foot traffic only. Please register at the outdoor information counter. Leashed dogs are allowed on the following trails: Discovery, Roanoke, ADA and Town Trail. Dogs are not allowed on the Center, Sweetgum, and Blueberry Ridge Trails.
4. Duck Trail
Duck Trail is a seven-mile long, multi-use path that spans the entire length of the town. The trail is primarily located on the east (oceanside) side of Duck Road, except for the portion that is within the Townâ€™s Village Commercial area. The trail provides a scenic and safe recreational setting for visitors to enjoy — and great place for walking your dog! Please note: dogs must be licensed, have current rabies tags, be under their owner’s control, leashed, and cleaned up after at all times.
5. Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Feeling ambitious? Head on over to Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head. This 426-acre park is home to hang gliding, kite flying, hiking, a visitor’s center, museum and picnic facilities. But keep in mind, as the largest sand dune on the east coast, all that sand can get really hot in the summer (the sand can get 10-20 degrees hotter than the surface)..and your dog’s paws need protection. Park rules state that pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. And remember to be considerate of other park visitors and clean up after your pet.
6. Wright Brothers National Memorial
Feeling ambitious? Bring your 4-legged playmate and climb to the top of Big Kill Devil Hill to see the nation’s monument commemorating the Wright Brothers’ historic achievement. While at the top, you’ll quickly discover a breathtaking ocean-to-sound view of the Outer Banks.You and your friend can also stand on the same spot where the Wright brothers made their first flights.
7. Local Pet Stores
Whether you bring your dog along to shop with you or leave him at home, these two local pet stores are an ideal place to find everything from unique dog toys and beach-themed collars to all-natural homemade dog treats.
Located in Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, Salty Paws Biscuits is known for their delicious homemade treats andÂ Southern hospitality.
Located in the picturesque Scarborough Lane shoppes in Duck, Outer Barks offers healthy treats, collars, beach toys and more — everything your dog needs while visiting the Outer Banks. Plus, their seasonal “Yappy Hour” offers free treats, a doggie pool as well as an agility course!
8. Currituck Heritage Park
In addition to The Whalehead Club, the Wildlife Education Center and the Currituck Light, Currituck Heritage Park is also home to acres of soundside beaches and grassy lawns — perfect for your and your furry friends to explore.
9. Fort Raleigh National Historic SiteÂ
Located on Roanoke Island, Fort Raleigh is home to The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama.
10. John’s Drive-In
This Outer Banks classic drive-in hotspot (open May-October) is located on the Beach Road (Rt. 12) in Kitty Hawk. John’s is famous for their dolphin boats as well as their super thick and creamy (and did we mention completely customizable?) milkshakes. Stop by this iconic shack and your canine friend can enjoy their very own special ice-cream “puppy cup.”
With all of these amazing pet-friendly Outer Banks spots, do we haveÂ you your dog panting with excitement yet?