We love our furry friends here on Pleasure Island! But it’s important to know the rules before you and your pup set out for an adventure.


Carolina Beach

There’s many choices for your furry friend in Carolina Beach but you’ll need to take notice of the regulations:

  • April 1 – September 30th, leashed dogs are allowed on Carolina Beach BEFORE 9am and AFTER 5pm.
  • October 1 – March 31, leashed dogs are allowed on Carolina Beach during all hours.

The Freeman Park Recreation Area are allowed to run off the leash from Oct 1 – March 31, and on a leash April 1 – September 30.

Another option is Carolina Beach State Park which features hiking trails that wind through woods, river shoreline, and even Venus flytrap habitats. The 761 acre park includes 7 nature trails that are dog friendly as long as your four-legged friends are leashed.

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Fort Fisher to Bald Head Island

For a long walk over unspoiled beach, the Fort Fisher to Bald Head Island route is a stunning option – but best only for those who are able to handle the remote location and lack of amenities. It is an (out and back) 17.6 mile walk along the shore and is usually sparsely populated. Due to the lack of facilities and water, it is considered a hard walk that will require multiple bottles of water, as well as sun and wind protection.

Snow’s Cut

Snow’s Cut isn’t just known as the fictional dividing line between the Kooks and the Pogues from the hit TV series Outer Banks. The park, which was established in 1929, lies between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Cape Fear River. It’s about one mile path that is open for walker, bikers, runners – and leashed dogs. Look for the trail near the picnic area and then follow it along the water and through the pine forest. You and your pup will enjoy gorgeous views and shady trails.

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