Pets are allowed on the beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore, but pets must be kept under control on a 6' leash at all times. The leash requirement is for all pets - pet size, breed, or training does not matter. The leash requirement is for all islands including Shackleford Banks.
Why keep your pet on a leash?
For your pet's safety: Your pet is sharing the beach with vehicles and fishing activities that could cause accidental injury to your pet. On Shackleford, a wild horse can injure or kill a dog that is harassing the herd.
A Few Things to Remember
Some of the ferries will carry pets to the islands. Contact the ferry service directly for information. The ferry operator has the right to refuse to carry a pet.
Never leave a pet tied up and unattended.
With the exception of the Great Island Cabins, pets are not allowed inside any buildings in Cape Lookout National Seashore.
Visitors who are renting one of the rustic cabins may keep their pet in the cabin or on the porch. Unattended pets must be kept in a crate for safety reasons. Pets should be inside at night to avoid encounters with raccoons.
Pets are not allowed inside any other buildings in the park.
Last updated: January 25, 2023