Just off the coast of southeastern North Carolina lies Topsail Island, a beautiful and historic 26-mile long barrier island. As you might expect, this narrow strip of land boasts mile after mile of beautiful beachfront, but Topsail Beach is the only one of those stretches of sand where dogs are allowed to visit while off-leash.
However, before visiting with your furry friend, take note that off-leash access to Topsail Beach is only available at certain times of the year. From May 15th until September 30th, dogs must be on a leash 20 feet or less. At all other times of the year, dogs don't need to be on a leash but they must be under the voice command of a responsible person.
With the rules and regulations out of the way, let's take a look at the best this beach has to offer. Without a doubt, the highlight of a visit to Topsail Beach is simply giving your pet the freedom to roam. They can run, walk, jump, roll around, play, sniff, swim, and generally enjoy being a dog. There's heaps of space for your canine companion to explore on this wide, sandy beach, and you won't have to battle through endless crowds just to find a patch of sand to yourself.
It's a clean, scenic beach with a quiet and laid-back atmosphere, so it's the paw-fect spot for anyone looking to escape the daily grind with their dog. Of course, you'll need to make sure that you clean up whenever your dog leaves any mess behind, and always show courtesy to other beachgoers.
But Topsail Beach really is a haven for dog lovers and their furry friends, especially during the off season. It's a roughly 40-mile drive northeast of Wilmington, but it's well worth the trip if you want to give your dog the chance to have a pet-acular beach experience.