The Outer Banks is home to the top dog spots on the east coast! Our beaches are nationally renowned as one of the east coast’s best beaches. With miles and the beautiful outdoors to explore, you’ll find no shortage of pet-friendly hot spots.
From our beautiful beaches to special “pup cups,” your dog will love an OBX getaway just as much as you! Plus, with a variety of OBX pet-friendly rentals, every member of the family is welcome at Resort Realty.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack up the leash and toys, read our pet policy, and head to the OBX to our favorite dog spots!
1. The Beach
The beaches of the Outer Banks are well known for being uncrowded for everyone to enjoy! Your pup can fetch frisbees in the waves or chase the occasional ghost crab or sandpiper. Your furry friend will have the time of their life at this favorite Outer Banks dog spot. 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 all perfect for dogs! There are 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
Nags Head Woods is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy and makes up 1,092 acres of land. Consisting of sand dunes, ponds, marshes, and wetlands, it’s 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. Additionally, dogs on leashes 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. 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. Keep in mind, as the largest sand dune on the east coast, the sand can get hot in the summer. However, the sand can get 10-20 degrees hotter than the air, therefore your dog’s paws need protection. Additionally, park rules state that pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Remember to be considerate of other park visitors and clean up after your pet.
5. Wright Brothers National Memorial
Feeling ambitious? Bring your 4-legged friend and climb to the top The Wright Brothers Monument! At the top, you’ll quickly discover a breathtaking view of the Outer Banks. Additionally, you and your pup can stand on the same spot where the Wright brothers made their first flights!
6. 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.
7. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Located on Roanoke Island, Fort Raleigh is home to The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama.
8. John’s Drive-In
This Outer Banks classic drive-in hotspot (open May-October) is located on the Beach Road (HWY. 12) in Kitty Hawk. Stop by this iconic shack and your canine friend can enjoy their very own special ice-cream “puppy cup.” Additionally, John’s is famous for their dolphin boats and their super thick and creamy milkshakes.
With all of these amazing pet-friendly Outer Banks spots, do we have your dog panting with excitement yet?