Pet-Friendly Crystal Coast

The Growler Bar in Emerald Isle

The Growler Bar in Emerald Isle

Local lore: Currently there is only one dog park in the county, located in Morehead City. Fundraising is underway for a new dog park in Emerald Isle; to donate, visit the Emerald Isle Town website.

Dogs on the Beach? Yes!
Dogs are allowed on all of the Bogue Banks' beaches stretching from Emerald Isle to Atlantic Beach, as long as you follow the rules! Your furry friend must remain on a leash at all times, on the beach and in the water. All animals caught without a leash will be handing over a civil fine to their owners, typically in the amount of $50. Please be sure to always clean up after your pet and dispose in appropriate waste containers. That's not the "warm between your toes" kind of feeling we want! 

Running Around!
There are tons of awesome places to take your dog to run, play, and get the exercise they need. One of the most popular spots is the Croatan National Forest. With over 160,000 acres, there are some great trails ranging from 1.4 to 22.6 miles and from 3 to 36 feet above sea level! The Neusiok Trail is one of the most popular, but also the longest, hiking trail in eastern North Carolina. The forest is open to the public from dawn until dusk. To discover more trail information, check out, and search from the Croatan National Forest. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and water for you and your furry friend!  


Mitchell Village Animal Hospital
5015 Executive Dr., Morehead City
(252) 726-4033

Austin Veterinary
1550 Lennoxville Rd., Beaufort
(252) 838-9028

Brigadoon Animal Hospital
1074 Cedar Point Blvd., Cedar Point
(252) 393-6581

Island Pet Veterinary Hospital
209 WB McLean Dr., Cape Carteret
(252) 702-8299

Havelock Animal Hospital
415 Miller Blvd., Havelock
(252) 447-7119

Emergency Pet Hospital
1301 A E. Main St., Havelock
(252) 444-1399

Swansboro Animal Hospital Emergency and Trauma Center
130 Phillips Loop Rd., Swansboro
(910) 325-8227

Beaufort Veterinary Hospital – Emergency
288 NC Hwy. 101, Beaufort
(252) 838-1966


624 W. Corbett Ave. #1, Swansboro 
(910) 325-1728

Beach Paws
5209 Narron Business Dr., Newport
(252) 726-0077

Aren's Grooming
1552 NC-24, Newport
(252) 240-1628

Sunny’s Mobile Pet Spa
(252) 342-5656

Canine Kingdom
200 N. 11th St., Morehead City
(252) 247-1836

Doggie Styles
1044 NC-24, Cedar Point
(252) 269-4305

Shampooches Self-Service Dog Wash
4010-7 Arendell St., Morehead City
(252) 773-4493


Beaufort Pet Provisions
129 Turner St., Beaufort
(252) 838-9286

Sea Paws
412 C Evans St., Morehead City
(252) 648-8522

8101 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, (252) 354-3410
624 W. Corbett Ave. #1, Swansboro, (910) 325-1728

Pet-Friendly Hang-Outs

Queen Anne’s Revenge
Boardwalk Café
Front Street Grill at Stillwater
Backstreet Pub
The Dockhouse
Beaufort Grocery Company

Morehead City
Circa 81 Tapas and Cocktaileria
Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant
Beach Bumz Pub and Pizzaria
Sugarloaf Island Deli and Yellowfin Pub

Atlantic Beach
AB Bottle Co.
Crystal Coast Brewery
Shark Shack

Emerald Isle
The Village Market
The Trading Post Southern Food and Spirits
The Growler Bar

The Boro Restaurant and Bar
Church Street Deli and Irish Pub

Cedar Point
34 Degrees North Bar