Best Places in the Outer Banks to bring your dogs
Hey all! It's Lou and I at it again. This time we are gonna let you in on some of our favorite local Outer Banks secrets. We, like all of our canine friends, love being outside and we have found that the Outer Banks have alot to offer.
#1. Our favorite spot of all has to be the Cape Hatteras National Seashore . You may be hesitant due to its status as a National Park, but it is quite dog friendly when the general leash laws are followed. The National Park says we must be on a six-foot leash while in the park. There are miles of uninterrupted beaches where, if we and our owners practice common courtesy, avoid the migratory animals breeding area, and avoid other beachgoers...alot of fun is to be had.
#2. One of the most amazing places we ever get to go is Jockeys Ridge State Park. This park is home to some amazing sights. Though the sights are amazing, some safety precautions need to be taken care of: the sand can get 10-20 degrees hotter than the surface in the summer and we have no shoes! Make sure to watch out for the ticks, and if you hear thunder...clear the open dunes. Other than those things, have fun! The park even allows picnics. If you see us there, make sure to say hi. Lou will be busy searching for a fulgurite.
#3. Lou may disagree, but my absolute favorite place to go in the world are the beaches from Corolla to Nags Head. The rules on leashes vary widely in the Outer Banks, so make sure that your guardians check below:
Here they are town by town:
Our legal representation says we should include local town info and you should contact them for the most up to date information.
Corolla: We must be on leashes but there are no length requirements. http://www.co.currituck.nc.us/ Phone # 252 453 8555
Duck: Dogs are allowed on the beach year round. Our leash may be no longer than 10 feet. We can play in close proximity to our owners without our leashes. http://www.townofduck.com/ Phone # 252 255 1234
Southern Shores: We're not allowed on the beach from Memorial Day to Labor Day.(Their loss) We must always be on a leash. (That's a good enough reason not to go there in our opinion) http://www.southernshores.org/ Phone # 252 261 2394
Kitty Hawk: We are not allowed on the beach from May 31 to October 31. http://www.townofkittyhawk.com/ Phone # 252 261 3552
Kill Devil Hills: We are not allowed on beach from May 15 to September 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Perfect for cool night swims on the beach) www.kdhnc.com Phone # 252 480 4000
Nags Head: We are allowed on the beach year round (That's why I LOVE Nags Head so much!) Our leash can not exceed 10 feet. http://www.townofnagshead.net/ Phone # 252 441 5508
#4 One of the best places on a hot day is Nags Head Woods . Though we are not allowed to walk through the preserve itself, the outer lying roads provide a great shaded walk on a hot day. Also, our friends in the Outer Banks Running Club hold an annual 5K there. So if you like to run, it's a great place.
#5 Anywhere that YOU are going. If it's an outdoor restaurant, call ahead to see if we can go. If not, we love to spend some time loungin in the A/C. As a reminder, make sure that your vacation home allows us before you book it.
Here are some Dog Friendly vacation homes.