Pet Friendly Carolina & Kure Beach
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Pleasure Island is home to some of North Carolina’s most beautiful beaches. Carolina and Kure Beach share miles of peaceful blue waters and white sands, an inviting playground for both you and your pet. Your pooch will love our coastline as much as you - soft sands to dig in, scenic trails to explore and warm sunny skies to bask under. Local leash laws are strict and it’s best to plan your trip for off-season as many beaches do not allow dogs in high season (April 1-September 30). We have done your homework for you and found the best places for you to explore Carolina Beach with your furry friend.
Town of Carolina & Kure Beach Pet Rules
All dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. Dogs are allowed on the beach from October 1 ~ March 31. You must have a plastic or paper container that can be used to clean up and contain dog waste until it can be disposed of in an appropriate container. This container must be on your person at all
Best Places to Play with your Pooch
- There are plenty of scenic quiet residential streets to take your best friend for his daily walk.
- Explore the miles of trails and the diverse ecosystems of Carolina Beach State Park, a 761-acre park at the north end of Pleasure Island along the Intracoastal Waterway. Dogs must be on a leash and are welcome on the trails and the shoreline, however not in the park buildings and swimming areas.
- Freeman Park in Carolina Beach is a fun place to cruise with your pet while crabbing and beach-combing the white sands. You can four-wheel drive for a fee or park near the entrance and walk in. Dogs are required to be leashed in
season, howeverthe rest of the year they are allowed off leash.
- At the south end of Pleasure Island in Kure Beach is the tail-friendly Fort Fisher State Recreation Area with seven miles of
dune backedwhite sand beaches for your furry friend to explore, except in the swimming areas. The Basin Trail begins at the south end of the parking lot through a forest, across a marsh to a World War II bunker.
- Set your pet completely free at the Gurney Hood Barking Lot, an off-leash park in Joe Eakes Park, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach Dog Park at Mike Chapel Park off Dow Road. A fenced-in area behind the playground where your pet can run, play and socialize with other canine pals. In Carolina & Kure Beach leashed dogs are allowed on the beach October through March however it is illegal to take your dog on the beaches in high season, April through September
- Water dogs need not be kept from exploring Carolina Beach’s waters! Cruise the scenic waters of the Cape Fear River with a kayak or canoe rental or start your day early with some fishing as you explore the Intracoastal Waterway on a comfortable pontoon boat. Dogs are welcome on the Cape Fear!
- Yappy Hour Cruise Time! Cruise the scenic waterways from Surf City to Topsail Beach and back on the Belle of Topsail, a 55-foot replica of an 1880’s riverboat. Your furry friend will enjoy every minute, watching for dolphins as the waters lap the boat. Tail wagging fun!
- Nearby Wrightsville Beach has "The Loop”, a 2.45 mile paved walking trail around a public park along the Intracoastal Waterway. A great way to see downtown Wrightsville Beach and the beautiful beachfront homes. Wrightsville Beach has five miles of wide sandy beaches and lush marshes teeming with wildlife and birdlife. No dogs on the beach in high season!
- Cruise the wooden planks of the Wilmington Riverwalk with your leashed pets,
alongthe Cape Fear River past a number of famed landmarks such as the USS North Carolina Battleship and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Dog water fountains will keep your pooch refreshed and ready to wander!
- While in Wilmington, head to Poplar Grove Plantation to explore the miles of wooded trails through pine forests to cool off in one of the ponds! Another Wilmington historic treasure is Greenfield Lake featuring a scenic 5-mile trail around the 90-acre lake.
After a busy, action-packed day, it is time to unwind and refresh at one of the many pet-friendly restaurants. No matter what you are looking for … fresh seafood, a hearty pub meal or a quick
Pet Friendly Restaurants
Gibby’s Dock & Dine (910) 458-3625
Havanas (910) 458-2822
HopLite Pub & Beer Garden (910) 458-4745
Island Hots (910) 274-5875
Lazy Pirate (910) 458-5299
Saint’s Cove Beach Bar & Grill (910) 707-1233
Seawitch Café & Tiki Bar (910) 707-0533
Big Daddy’s Seafood (910) 458-8622
Port City Java (910) 762-5282
The Barbary Coast (910) 762-8996