Saturday, August 21, 2021

Outer Banks Pet-Friendly Places

                               Outer Banks Map - Islands, Towns & Villages
                                                     Outer Banks Dog Parks

Currituck Beach Lighthouse
1101 Corolla Village Rd
Corolla, NC 27927
(252) 453-4939
Currituck Beach Lighthouse is the most northern coastal North Carolina Lighthouse.  Your Leashed pets are welcome on the grounds of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Please do not leave your pet unattended, and please clean up after your pet.


Historic Corolla Park
1100 Hunt Club Drive
Corolla, NC 27927
(252) 453-0221
Historic Corolla Park offers a vast parking area, picnic areas, restrooms & a boat ramp within the park. As well as the enormous green park lawn that hosts numerous outdoor events, four attractions draw visitors to this park.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Whalehead Club, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education & Currituck Maritime Museum.  Historic Corolla Park


Whalehead Club (Whalehead in Historic Corolla)
1100 Club Rd.
Corolla, NC 27927
(252) 453-9040
39 Acres of historic property in Corolla, NC. Pets are welcome on the Grounds, Leashes are Required with no length restrictions. Please clean up after your pets.


The Town of Duck Park
(252) 255-1286
Located on the Currituck Sound in the Town of Duck, this park has a unique water fountain for Pets & Humans too, a picnic shelter, town greens, nature trails, a boardwalk as well as special events scheduled. Leashes are required and must not exceed 10 feet at this location.


Monument to a Century of Flight
Entrance located behind the:
5230 N Croatan Hwy
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 261-4644
The Monument to a Century of Flight is dedicated to a Century of Aviation.
Starting with Orville and Wilbur Wright, who flew the Wright Flyer on December 17th, 1903, and on through time into Space. Monument to a Century of Flight


Wright Brothers Multi-Use Path
parking at: Windgrass Circle Park
                     3613 Windgrass Cir.
                      Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Walk back in history on a path overlooking Kitty Hawk Bay, walked by the Wright Brothers. Handicap accessible & Pet-Friendly 0.5 mile concrete nature trail bordering a portion of Kitty Hawk Bay. Wright Brothers Multi-Use Path


Windgrass Circle Park 
3613 Windgrass Cir.
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Windgrass Circle Park offers sound side beach access that is handicap-accessible and pet-friendly. Windgrass Circle Park


Wright Brothers National Memorial
1000 N Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 473-2111
Home of the first flight, the birth of Aviation. Leashed pets are welcome on the grounds, but not inside buildings. Leashes  can not exceed six feet in the length.


The Outer Banks Arboretum & Teaching Garden
AKA Dare County Arboretum & Teaching Garden
adjacent to Thomas A. Baum Senior Center
                   300 Mustain St.
                   Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
There are no fees at this pet-friendly & wheelchair-accessible location.
Pets must be on a leash, and you must clean up after your pet.


The Nature Conservancy, Nags Head Woods Preserve
701 Ocean Acres Dr.
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-2525
Leashed pets are allowed on the lightly traveled road running through the Nags Head Woods Preserve & four of the eight nature trails. Pets are not allowed inside buildings. Leashes required. Please clean up after your pet. For more information please see the below article.



Dowdy Park
3005 S Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC
Town of Nags Head (252) 449-2021
This Park is a recreational area for all ages. In addition to the Playground, Basketball court, fixed Tables, Chairs, Benches, BBQ Grills, and Restrooms, Dowdy Park boasts an Amphitheater & much more. Pets are required to be on a leash at all times. You must also clean up after pets.  Pet-Friendly Dowdy Park - OBX Memories Old & New!


Jockey's Ridge State Park
300 W Carolista Dr.
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-7132
The largest natural sand dune on the East Coast. Leashes can not exceed six feet at this location. Jockey's Ridge State Park


Bodie Island Lighthouse
8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road
Nags Head, NC 27959
Pets are welcome on the grounds of the Bodie Island Lighthouse, but there are rules. A current rabies tag must be securely attached to your pet's collar. Pets must be leashed at all times & leash can not exceed 6 feet in length. Please do not leave your pet unattended. Pets are not allowed inside buildings.  Also, please clean up after your pet. 

Bodie Island Lighthouse an OBX Pet-Friendly location!



Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Milltail Road
East Lake, NC 27935
(252) 473-1131
Gravel roads run through the Refuge, available for public traffic from sunrise to sunset.
The speed limit on the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge is 35 miles per hour unless otherwise posted. Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge - OBX Alligators & Wolfs, & Bears, Oh My!


Elizabethan Gardens (1951-2021) 70th Anniversary 
1411 National Park Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-3234
In bloom year-round, The Elizabethan Gardens was founded by the North Carolina Garden Club. Leashed Pets are welcome. Proof of current Rabies Vaccination is required. Dog admission fee is $3.00. Hip Hounds Welcome


Fort Raleigh National Historic Site 
1401 National Park Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-2111
Location of the first English Settlement, Museum, walkways, earthwork, and more. Pets are welcome on the grounds but not inside buildings. Leashes not to exceed six feet in length at this location.  Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Pet-Friendly Adventures


Roanoke Island Festival Park
1 Festival Park
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 423-5200
25-acre park, representation of 1585 ship, "Elizabeth II", Museum, Blacksmith with 16th century wares, and more. "The boardwalk and great lawn are pet friendly but we do require a leash. Pets also enjoy the short walk across the bridge to the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, just a block away, which features a working boathouse and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse." Roanoke Island Festival Park


Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
(252) 475-1750
located across from: Roanoke Island 
Maritime Museum
                                 104 Fernando St.
                                 Manteo, NC 27954
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is the only river lighthouse on the OBX!
You will enjoy exploring the Downtown Manteo waterfront area with your leashed pet. Leashes are not to exceed 6 feet in the Town of Manteo. Pets are not allowed inside the Lighthouse. Please kindly clean up after your pet.


George Washington Creef Memorial Park
104 Fernando Street
Manteo, NC 27954
This waterfront park is adjacent to the Roanoke Maritime Museum sharing the same address.
This tree shaded park has a view of view of Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse across Shallowbag Bay. (AKA) George Washington Creef Park is a pet friendly event & wedding venue.


The Pavilion at Magnolia Market
408 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Manteo, NC 27954
This open air Pavilion is a pet friendly event venue.
Please continue to check "Outer Banks Pet Events 2022."


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
14500 NC-12
Rodanthe, NC 27968
(252) 987-1118
Leashes are not to exceed 10 feet in length at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Pets are not allowed on the West Side (Sound Side) of NC Highway 12, except in the parking area. On the East Side (Atlantic Oceanfront) pets are welcome.


Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site
23645 NC-12
Rodanthe, NC 27968
(252) 987-1552
"Well behaved leashed pets are welcome on the grounds of Chicamacomico. Please be aware of sandspurs on the grounds. Your cooperation in cleaning up after your pet is always appreciated."  Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
46379 Lighthouse Road
Buxton, NC 27920
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest and most recognized lighthouse in the USA.
Leashes are required for pets, and must not exceed six feet at this location. Please do not leave pet unattended. Please do clean up after your pet. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse an OBX Pet-Friendly Location!


Cape Hatteras National Seashore
(252) 473-2111
"Your pets are welcome at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Do keep them leashed and under control at all times. Pets are not allowed on swim beaches or in the buildings. And, for other visitor's sake, clean up after your pet." Leashes are not to exceed six feet at this location. 


NCDOT OBX Vehicle Ferry
North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division
59063 NC-12
Hatteras, NC 27943
(252) 996-6000
NCDOT Vehicle Ferries are pet-friendly. Please see below article for pet rules, and ferry schedule link. NCDOT OBX Vehicle Ferry Rules for Pets!


Ocracoke Lighthouse
360 Lighthouse Road
Ocracoke, NC 27960
Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in North Carolina. 
Leashes are not to exceed 6 feet at this location.


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

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