The Outer Banks has always been a pet-friendly destination. Your first decision is whether to bring your pet along with you on your trip, not all pets are suited for family vacations. For some families, a vacation is no fun if pets are left behind. Traveling can be stressful for both for you and your pets. With preparation, you can ensure a safe and comfortable trip for everyone.

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Traveling Tips for Pets & Owners

Outer Banks Pet Lease Laws

  1. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. There are a variety of wire mesh, hard plastic and soft-sided carriers available. Be sure to always secure the crate so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.
  2. Get plenty of exercise before he goes in the crate. If he’s burned off his excess energy, he’ll be more inclined to rest.
  3. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop.
  4. Bring a dog’s blankie or his favorite stuffed animal, toy, bone—any item which is familiar to your dog and will comfort and relax him.
  5. Go on a long walk once you reach your destination.

Outer Banks Pet Lease Laws by Town

The beach can be fun and rewarding for both pets and their owners. Towns and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore have their own restrictions pertaining to pets. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet. All pet waste must be collected immediately and deposited in appropriate containers.

  • Town of Duck, NC Pet Lease Laws – Town, Park, and Beach Laws
  • Corolla, NC Leash Laws – Leashes are required in Corolla, NC; however, there are no length requirements. For more information, contact Currituck County at 252-453-8555.
  • Southern Shores Leash Laws – Dogs are not allowed on the beaches of Southern Shores, NC from May 15 – September 15.
  • Kitty Hawk, NC Dogs on the Beach
  • Kill Devil Hills Pet Leash Laws – Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 15 – September 15 during the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. unless they are aiding the handicapped. All pet waste must be gathered in appropriate containers. Year-round leash law.
  • Nags Head Leash Laws – Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a leash not exceeding 10 feet. For more information, contact the town of Nags Head 252-441- 5508.
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore Leash Laws (Section 2.15) – Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained with a leash 6 feet or less at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of by owners. For more information, contact the National Park Service 252-473-2111.
Well Done! You’re ready for the best Outer Banks vacation ever!
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