Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Outer Banks Leash Laws & Beach Access

Beaches of Currituck Beaches
(252) 435-8555
Currituck Beaches a 20 mile stretch of the northern most part of the Outer Banks peninsula, include two towns Corolla and Carova. Dogs within the Currituck Beaches are required to wear a leash, but there is no length limitation. Dog are allowed on the Beach year round.

Town of Duck
(252) 255-1234
Year round pet-friendly beaches. Pets are allowed to play unleashed on the beach under close supervision of owner. Dogs must be on leashes when in town to include, the park, Duck trail and the boardwalk.

Town of Southern Shores
(252) 261-2394
Dogs must be leashed year round within the Town of Southern Shore, to include beaches. From May 15 - September 15 Dogs are only allowed on the beach before 9AM and after 6PM

Town of Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3552
Leash law requires leash not to exceed six feet in length between the hours of 10AM and 6PM from Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day. At all other times leash may be extended up to 12 feet. Well trained dogs may be unleashed under close supervision of owner, not to exceed 30 feet in distance between owner and dog, but leash must be with owner at all times. 

Town of Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-4047 - Animal Control
Dogs are not permitted on the beaches between Memorial Day and Labor Day between the hours of 9AM and 6PM, except those aiding a handicap person. Leash law requires dogs be leashed year round.

Town of Nags Head
(252) 441-5508
Year round pet friendly beaches.
Leash law requires leash not to exceed ten feet in length.

Town of Manteo
(252) 473-2133
Leash law requires leashes not to exceed six feet in length. Leashed pets are allowed on the Manteo waterfront year round.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Dare County

Ocracoke Island
Hyde County

Large portions of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands belong to the National Parks Service. The following statement was released:

"Your pets are welcome at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Do keep them leashed and under control at all times. Pets are not allowed on designated swim beaches or in buildings. Please for your pets sake, do not leave them unattended. And for other visitors sake, clean up after your pet."

Leash law at National Parks requires leashes not to exceed six feet in length.

North Carolina state law requires pets to have a current up-to-date Rabies Tag. It is unlawful to fail to provide a collar or harness, with attached tag, which must be worn at all times.

There is a mandatory removal of feces law through out the Outer Banks area. Civil penalties for Violation of this law varies by township. Please clean up after your pet.

      Please see Veterinarian Advice page for tips for Vacationing with Your
      Pampered Pets on the Outer Banks.

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