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Old 07-27-2013, 08:00 AM
 
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I live in Greensboro and will be traveling to a NC beach this summer for a few days, it will be my first time. I cannot afford a place on the beach, instead will be renting a hotel a few miles away.

Here is my question, where can I park at to access the beach very easily? I will be traveling with someone who can walk, but has a hard time and cannot walk far. I would like to be able to park and walk right up to the beach and water. I know it will not be a few feet, but simple walking distance on the sand. We want to be near the water.

As to which beach, I am thinking in the Wilmington, Carolina, Wrightsville beach area.

Also are small dogs allowed on the beach?

Your help is greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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As to which beach, I am thinking in the Wilmington, Carolina, Wrightsville beach area.

Also are small dogs allowed on the beach?
Here's some help on the dog question. Wrightsville does not allow dogs during the peak season. Carolina Beach has Freeman Park where dogs are allowed on leash during summer: http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/...orth_carolina/ You are allowed to drive on that beach if you have a 4-wheel drive and purchase a pass. Supposedly you can park nearby, but I do not see much parking from Google's aerial view.

Do you have a handicapped parking sticker for your friend? Having one would make it much easier.

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Old 07-27-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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Yes...she has handicapped parking.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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Agree completely with the handicap sticker....although there are lots of places so you should be able to get a close spot.

If you want to go to Wrightsville, I'd recommend going in the evening...Wrightsville doesn't charge to park after 6.

There are a lot of beach accesses between Carolina Beach and Fort Fisher, I recommend going there if you go during the day....the beaches should not be that crowded.

The South end of Topsail Island is a great place to take a dog...you can park right next to the Dunes. Would be a bit more of a trip.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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Thank you. Are the parking areas right near the water? walking distance? I am from California, and there you park and walk right to the beach within a minute.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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As of last week it cost 2 dollars per hour to park at Wrightsville beach and even then finding a spot can sometimes be hard..Carolina beach and Kure beach will be better
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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I know dogs are allowed on Topsail Island on a leash. After September 30 you can have dogs on Topsail Beach unleashed. Using bidding on Priceline I got a hotel in the heart of Wilmington for $55 before taxes and Fees. About $77 after. The Holiday Inn on Market.

The Wilmington area beaches (Wrightsville, Kure, Carolina) only allow dogs in the off season.

North Carolina Dog Friendly Public Beaches | USA Today
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Thank you. Are the parking areas right near the water? walking distance? I am from California, and there you park and walk right to the beach within a minute.
They are typically not like California, just across the street. Parking is clustered in lots, with usually a wooden walkway to the beach. I'd suggest dropping your friend off at the access walkway, park the car and join her.

Kure Beach has some detailed maps, and they have a list of the lots with handicap spaces and dune crossover ramps. http://www.townofkurebeach.org/parking.aspx

Google will help you find info about parking lots in other towns, but it sounds like Topsail Beach or Fort Fisher are good bets for both the friend and the dog.

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