Southern Shores Town Information

Looking at Southern Shores vacation rentals? We've put together an index for you to find the most convenient public beach access points, state and county parks and trails, emergency services, lifeguard information, and trash collection schedules! Looking for something to do in Southern Shores? Check out our Kitty Hawk activities page, only a few minutes from Southern Shores!


Lifeguard Information


Lifeguards are on duty from 10:00 to 6:00 at various beaches throughout the summer. Note: All Southern Shores beach access points are limited to Southern Shores residents, renters, and their guests through privately owned and maintained locations.


Are Dogs Allowed on the Beach in Southern Shores?

Staying in a dog-friendly vacation rental? Dogs must be leashed at all times when off the owners' property. Dogs are allowed on the beach from May 15th - September 15th, 6pm - 9am. From September 16th - May 14th, dogs are allowed only on a leash. Owners must clean up after their dog.

Be mindful of the weather, as animals can overheat easily (and it's not always obvious!), and ensure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a first aid kit for your pet.

The ocean can be unpredictable and dogs are not only shorter but can also be a lot weaker than an adult swimmer. If you're planning on taking your pooch to the beach, consider outfitting them with a life jacket. Sun is also a factor, as it can cause overheating (as mentioned earlier), but also don't forget that Fido will be walking on the hot sand and (unless you've planned ahead) doesn't have any sandals or shoes to protect his paws. His nose and exposed skin can also get sunburned, so take a few moments to look for pet-safe sunscreen to keep him safe and well cared for while enjoying a vacation with you!


Public Beach Access Points (North to South)

There are no public beach access points in Southern Shores. The closest locations are in Kitty Hawk.


Southern Shores

There are no public parks or trails in Southern Shores.


Trash Collection Schedules


From Memorial Day to Labor Day, trash will be picked up twice per week on Mondays and Fridays. During the winter, the trash will be picked up on Mondays.


Emergency Services


Fire & Rescue
Southern Shores Fire Department
15 S. Dogwood Trail
Southern Shores, NC 27949
(252) 261-2272

Urgent Care
There are no urgent care centers in Southern Shores. The closest location is in Kitty Hawk.

Law Enforcement
Southern Shores Police Department
5375 N Virginia Dare Trail
Southern Shores, NC 27949

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (252) 473-3444
Administrative: (252) 261-3331

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