Dog-Friendly State Beaches in New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation recognizes that your pet is an important part of your recreation experience. To serve the needs of all park visitors, there are some parks that allow pets, some parks that allow pets but only in designated areas, and some parks that do not allow pets.
- Pets are prohibited at all state beaches, picnic areas, and historic sites.
- In areas where pets are allowed, pets must be leashed and attended at all times; owners are responsible for their pets’ actions.
- If a pet becomes objectionable to any park visitor, the owner will be asked to remove the pet from the park.
- Pets are not to be left unattended in any vehicle, camper, carrier or enclosure at any time.
Dog-Friendly Town Beaches in New Hampshire
Jenness Beach, Rye NH
There is approximately a 1 1/4 stretch of beach in Rye New Hampshire. In the middle of that stretch along the coast is a parking lot. The State beach is actually directly in front of that parking lot and/or from house on the left to house on the right. Beaches on either side of that tiny State beach are town beaches. You could almost throw a softball from one end of the State beach to the other. Dogs are not allowed on the State beach. To get around that law (if you want to walk the entire length of the beach) just walk around the beach in the parking lot. The hours for dogs allowed on the beach Memorial Day to Labor Day are before 9:00 am and after 7:00 pm. Please read sign posted at all entrances. After and before those times anytime time of the day or night you can walk your dog. It’s a nice long walk from one end to the other. You can have your dog off leash which most are. However, you must have you dog under your control. They will hand out tickets. One man’s dog was running around having fun and ran across someone’s blanket and he was given a ticket for not having dog under control. This is unusual but be aware. During the summer if you show up 5 mins early or leave 5 mins late and they catch you, you will get a ticket. Other than that it is a great place to take your dog. It is like one giant dog park. But Please, please clean up after you dog. People think one little pile of dog pooh won’t hurt. I helped clean the beach one day and in just a small area we picked up 40 pounds of dog pooh. When it’s washed to sea it gives parasites to the seals which kills them. There are bags available at each entrance to the beach and there are several entrances. Have fun!
Seabrook Beach, NH
Dogs are allowed on leash only in the off-season from September 15 to June 1.