Dog On The Run From Forest Beach to Sea Pines
A Dog On The Run From Forest Beach to Sea Pines

1. Dogs On The Beach

Here's the how, when and what you'll need to know about walking your dogs on the beach in Hilton Head Island.

Rules for dogs on the beach:

  • Are NOT permitted - Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Must be on a leash:
         Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 1 through Thursday before Memorial Day
         Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30
  • Must be on a leash or under positive voice control at all other times.
  • Persons in control of animals on the beach are required to remove and properly dispose of the animal's excrement.

2. Dog-Friendly Rentals

Some homeowners and property management companies on Hilton Head Island have vacation rental homes and condos that are pet-friendly, but not all of them. You'll want to be clear up front that you are intending to bring your pet. And be aware that some rental managers may charge you an extra fee for your pet. Plus, if your pet is working while you're on vacation please know that registered emotional-support animals are allowed.

PRO TIP: Lower-priced rentals are usually more restrictive of pets.

3. Dog Parks

Beyond the beaches, there are several places on Hilton Head Island where your dog can run free and make some new puppy friends.

Chaplin Community Park, has its own dog park located just off William Hilton Parkway between Singleton Beach Road and Burke's Beach Road. The park is completely fenced and "double gated" so you will be able to let your dog off-leash as long as it's friendly with people or other dogs.

There are several doggie day-care choices including Evergreen Pet Lodge where they invite you and your pets to, "Let your loved one(s) enjoy the pleasures of a carefree vacation at the year-round lodge, where red carpet treatment and comfortable surroundings await them."

PRO TIP: There are some parks where dogs are NOT allowed such as Pinckney Island

Dog At Work
Caution: Dog At Play

4. Dining With Your Dog

Since there are so many outdoor restaurants and bars on Hilton Head island there are plenty of places for you and your dog to dine al fresco! Below is just a sampling as there are too many to list them all. Call ahead to any restaurant to confirm if they do indeed welcome dogs. Hudson's Seafood, Skull Creek Boathouse, Street Meet, Black Marlin Grill, Bistro 17, Captain Woody's Bar & Grill, Crazy Crab, Poseidon, and Fishcamp.

5. Keep your pup safe-especially during the dog days of summer.

It gets hot on Hilton Head in the summer! Please be mindful of your pet's paw pads in hot sand and surfaces such as black pavement.

Plus, remember to bring water for your dog when taking them to the beach or on hikes.

And be cautious of our island's wildlife. There are harmful snakes that can be in heavy brush, and alligators call our many waterways home. The safest approach is to always keep your dog on a leash, and for you to walk between your dog and a body of water.