Visitor in the surf with their dog

Visitor in the surf with their dog

National Park Service

Dogs and Other Pets

Your pets are welcome at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Your pet must be on a 6’ leash at all times and are prohibited within any resource closure. Pets are not allowed on designated swim beaches or in buildings. Please, for your pet’s sake, never leave them unattended. Also, for everyone’s and the environment’s sake, clean up after your pet.


If your pet is a horse, that’s ok, too! You may ride them anywhere vehicles are permitted to drive, except in campgrounds; horseback riding is prohibited in NPS campgrounds. Riders are required to use ORV ramps when crossing dunes.

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