Topsail Beach, North Carolina is a vacationer's paradise with miles of beaches, and mega-rental package deals most of which boldly brag that pets are very welcome. You know, “pet-friendly” this and “pet-friendly that” from rental homes to ice-cream stands.
The official word from Topsail Beach on dogs is that dogs are permitted during the summer months if on a leash with a maximum length of 20 feet. They are also allowed off-leash in the off-season between September 30 and May 15, but they must be controlled "by voice command." At all times your doggy "deposits" must be removed by the owner.
Some online-comments note casually that is common practice to throw a ball in the water and allow the dog to fetch – but it might not be in accordance with the local law, and the police do check from time to time. If you do need off-leash time during the day, Topsail, year-round population of 350 or so, is a bedroom community for Surf City, a mega-sprawl for the region with a population of about 1,300.
And Surf City has a designated dog park called the Bark Park that includes mulched surfaces and areas for small and large dogs. The park even includes doggy-oriented playground apparatus, which basically means inviting plastic tunnels for dogs to scamper around and through. And there is water on hand for dogs to stay hydrated.
It is found at 201 Community Center Drive, between a community center and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, so if you are in the neighborhood, drop by there during visiting hours (every day except Sunday and Wednesday noon to 4:00 p.m.) and learn a little about sea turtle life and strife.
The park is less than an acre in size, but it is situated in the middle of a wooded area between a kid's play area and a turtle rehab center, so it is okay for your dog to get vocal there. The woods make a nice sound barrier, but even if the barking could be heard, we're told the kids won't mind and neither will the turtles.