Dog Lovers Outer Banks Trip Planner
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 your bags (and the dog!) and check out our seven recommendations perfect for those with a canine companion:
DAY 1: THE BEACH FOLLOWED BY A COOL TREAT FROM JOHN'S DRIVE-IN.
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 leashesvary widely by town, so make sure that you follow all Outer Banks leash laws.
After a fun-filled romp on the beach, you and your furry friend can cool off with a nice treat from John's Drive-In. Located on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk, 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)
DAY 2: 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
DAY 3: CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE
As a National Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore mightjust be the perfect place to take your 4-legged companion on the Outer Banks. WIth miles of uninterrupted beaches, you and your canine companion will havetons of room to play, fetch and cool off in the waves.
Please remember: Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained with a 6 feet leash or less at all times.
DAY 4: PET LUAU + SHOPPING AT JOCKEY'S RIDGE CROSSING
Yes, your 4-legged children DO enjoy shopping on the Outer Banks!
Seaside Vacations guests – and their four-legged family members – have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary Club Seaside Pet Luau withSalty 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 areall dog-friendly!
DAY 5: 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 theOuter 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 onthe 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
DAY 6: DUCK TRAIL
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.
DAY 7: WRIGHT BROTHERS NATIONAL MEMORIAL + PET GALLERY
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.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
1000 N.Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills
After running around Big Kill Devil Hill, bring your dog to the Pet Gallery right down the road for some free cookies and lots of love from Jodie - theowner of The Pet Gallery. 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 familylove to spend time.
1210 S. Croatan Hwy (milepost 9.5 on the Bypass)
Kill Devil Hills