Emerald Isle is a small barrier island off the coast of North Carolina and is considered part of Carteret County. With a captivating array of ecosystems to explore, this area makes for a pup’s paradise. Marshes, forests, beaches, and estuaries create an extremely biodiverse environment home to many endangered species. Your canine will be happy to know that this region is super pet-friendly, and boasts four dog-friendly beaches within 20 miles. Although there are no veterinarians in the city, there are three within a 15-mile drive of Emerald Isle.
Emerald Isle Beach is home to miles of pristine shoreline and crystal-clear water, making it a pawfect destination for beachcombing and water sports. Pets are welcome on the beach, but they must remain leashed (even in the water). Nearby, you can treat your furry pal (and yourself) to a “pup cup” and an espresso at K9’s and Coffee. This adorable establishment is also a pet boutique that offers a variety of quality pet supplies and fresh baked treats.
Emerald Isle Woods Park is a 44-acre park that truly showcases the diversity of the “Crystal Coast”. As part of the North Carolina Birding Trail, the Emerald Isle Woods Park makes a great vantage point for avid bird-watchers. The recreation area features a disc golf course as well as a floating fishing pier. If your pup works up an appetite, there are several picnic shelters and grilling stations for visitor use. Doggie waste bag stations are located along the trails for visitors' convenience.
Centered between Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach lies the beautiful dog-friendly shoreline of Indian Beach and Salter Path. The 1.5-mile area township is very small, especially considering over 60% is made up of water! Due to its central location, this spot is ideal for surfing, kayaking, and fishing. There are several places to rent boats and boards within close proximity of the beach. The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier lies between Emerald Isle and Salter Path, and is a popular place to catch mackerel, flounder, and trout. Dogs are welcome on the beach and in the water, but they must stay on a leash. Visitors are advised to bring bug repellant -- the nearby marshes often lure mosquitoes!