Kitty Hawk Beach is only one of the many beaches that are a part of the Outer Banks just off the shores of North Carolina. Outer Banks characterizes the beaches perfectly as the line of beaches are located on a series of islands located just East of the shoreline, connected and accessible by Highway 12, just North of Highway 158.
Kitty Hawk is specifically found within the cluster of Northern Outer Banks Beaches, in what is known as the Southern Shores. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally, between Labor Day and Memorial Day between 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Dogs are permitted on all of Kitty Hawk Beach, year round. Dogs are allowed both on and off leash with specifications including leashes are to be 12 feet in length aside from between Memorial Day and Labor Day (please see special hours section).
When dogs are off leash, owners are to remain within 30 feet of their pooch at all times and ensure they are controlled. Having a bag on hand and cleaning up after your pet is also mandatory. Noncompliance with these regulations can result in a fine up to 50 dollars. In addition to the Kitty Hawk Beach, dogs may also visit the Dare County Dog Park, however, it is typically only utilized by local residents and landowners, and therefore requires mandatory registration for entrance to be permitted.
If you're looking for more than just a stroll on the beach with your pup, you're also more than welcome to bring them on a refreshing nature walk to explore the trails found in the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve. You can drop your vehicle at two small parking lots found at David Paul Pruitt Park and Sandy Run Park and access the reserve via a path the runs along Woods Road. Here, you can explore the natural biodiversity and wildlife that riddles the reserve, or partake in a variety of activities including horseback riding, biking, hiking, hunting, fishing or even watching the boats take off from the launch located within the reserve.
If you and your pooch do happen to find yourself in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, be sure to swing by Kitty Hawk to enjoy the beach and everything else the quaint town has to offer.