Top Dog Spots on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

No bones about it...the Outer Banks is a dog's paradise!

From the beach to Jockey's Ridge to the Club Seaside Pet Luau every member of the family is welcome on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. And, Seaside Vacations offers many dog-friendly Outer Banks rentals allowing your dogs to vacation with you!

So, pack up the car, grab the leash, check our pet policy, and come on. We'll see you - and your canine companion - at the beach!

Here is our list of Top Dog Spots on the Outer Banks - fun and unique places to take your 4-legged pal on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


1. The beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks.

The wide, soft-sand beaches of the Outer Banks provide the perfect playground for your 4-legged pal to romp around. Just remember, the rules on leashes vary widely by town, so make sure that you follow all Outer Banks leash laws.

 

 

Outer Banks of North Carolina

2. Club Seaside Pet Luau at Salty Paws Biscuits

Seaside Vacations guests – and their four-legged family members – have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary Pet Luau with Salty Paws Biscuits. There is even a special "treat" for all Club Seaside guests! A favorite among locals and tourists, Salty Paws Biscuits is known for their delicious homemade treats and overwhelming (and fun!) hospitality. The luau will either be located in the store or in the grass area near the store.

After the event, take a stroll and enjoy the shops at Jockey’s Ridge crossing… they are all dog-friendly!

Club Seaside Pet Luau

3. Nags Head Woods

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve is made up of 1,092 acres consisting of sand dunes, ponds, marshes, and wetlands - nestled within the heart 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 Roanoke Trail and Town Trail as well as on the gravel roadway; dogs are not allowed on the other trails.

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
701 West Ocean Acres Drive
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-2525

Nags Head Woods

4. Jockey’s Ridge State Park

For a great outdoor adventure, head on over to Jockey’s Ridge State Park.  This 426-acre park is home to hang gliding, kite flying, hiking, a visitor's center, museum and picnic facilities.

Just remember, as the largest sand dune on the east coast, that's a lot of sand. And all that sand can get HOT in the summer. Please make sure you take safety precautions before having your furry friend accompany you. Be sure to bring plenty of water and keep in mind that the sand can get 10-20 degrees hotter than the surface in the summer.

Jockey's Ridge State Park
300 Carolista Drive
Nags Head
(252) 441-7132

Jockey's Ridge State Park

5. Cape Hatteras National Seashore

As a National Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore might just be the perfect place to take your 4-legged companion on the Outer Banks. WIth miles of uninterrupted beaches

Please remember: Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained with a 6 feet leash or less at all times.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

6. Wright Brothers National Memorial

Bring your 4-legged pal and climb Big Kill Devil Hill for a breathtaking view of the Outer Banks - from sound to sea. Atop the Hill stands the 60 ft. Pylon - the site where Wilbur and Orville conducted their glider experiments.

You and your friend can also stand on the same spot where the Wright brothers made their first flights. A large granite boulder marks the spot where the first plane left the ground.

If you'd like to come back without your canine guest, you can visit the Wright Brothers Visitor Center where the Wright brothers’ story is told through exhibits.

On display in the visitor center are:

  • a full-scale reproduction of the 1902 glider,
  • a full-scale reproduction of the 1903 flying machine,
  • an engine block from the original 1903 Flyer, and
  • a reproduction of the Wright's first wind tunnel.

Additional exhibits, movies and educational programs are available in the Centennial Pavilion.

Wright Brothers National Memorial
1000 N.Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 473-211

Wright Brothers National Memorial

7. John's Drive In

Seafood (try the dolphin boat!), burgers, great milkshakes, and much more can be found at this iconic drive-in located on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk. And, for your canine friend, they offer special ice cream "puppy cups!" Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome at the outer picnic tables.

John's Drive In
3716 Virginia Dare Trail (the Beach Road)
Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-6227

John's Drive-In

7. Pet Gallery

Pet Gallery is your destination for all your dog, cat, bird, fish and reptile needs on the Outer Banks of North Carolina! For over 20 years, Pet Gallery has provided customers with a great selection of supplies and excellent customer service.

Please stop in and say hi to our staff. You and your dog are always welcome to stop in for free cookies and free attention! The owner, Jodie, is a long-time resident of the Outer Banks and is willing to tell you about the great local places where she and her family love to spend time. We hope you will find what you’re looking for at Pet Gallery, and enjoy your time on the Outer Banks!

Pet Gallery
1210 S. Croatan Hwy (milepost 9.5 on the Bypass)
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-1799

Pet Gallery

8. Duck Trail

The Duck Trail is a seven-mile long, multi-use path that traverses the entire length of the town. The trail is primarily located on the east side of Duck Road (ocean side), except for the portion that is within the Town’s Village Commercial area. This scenic paved walk provides a safe recreational venue and great place for walking pets. Dogs must be licensed, have current rabies tags, be under their owner's control, leashed, and cleaned up after at all times.

Duck Trail

So, what are you waiting for? Your dog can't wait to start his Outer Banks vacation too.

Running on the beach (perhaps even chasing a few seagulls and crabs), swimming in the waves, catching tennis balls and frisbees...your furry friend will have tons of fun frolicking on the beach. Later, you and your pal can hang out and relax on the deck of your pet-friendly vacation rental.

Ahhhh, it doesn't get much better than that. (Well, except for a juicy T-bone perhaps.)



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