Visitor Parking, Pets & FAQs

Parking at a Glance 

Currently, Kure Beach has more than 300 free public parking spaces and three (3) paid parking lots with an additional 120 spaces available July-September. One hundred twenty-six (126) are oceanfront located at eight (8) public beach access locations. Additional public parking is located at the Kure Beach Town Hall (117 Settlers Lane), the town community center on 3rd  Avenue, and at Joe Eakes Park. The three paid lots are located in the center of town. All of these additional locations are located within a few blocks of the ocean. A map of parking locations is available on the Town of Kure Beach website.

Handicap Information

The town provides handicapped parking at all strategic locations including near E, K and L Avenues where handicapped ramps have been built to the beachfront. For information on free beach ability equipment/services, call the Kure Beach Fire Department at 910-458- 2014 and/or Fort Fisher State Recreation Area at 910-458-5798.

For more comprehensive handicap information, visit ACCESS North Carolina.

Four-wheel Access

Driving on the beach is allowed at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Registered vehicles with valid park-issued permits are allowed in the four-wheel-drive access area. Seasonal and daily permits are available. Driving is permitted 24 hours a day off-season Sept 15 - March 31 and follows park schedule all other times. For more information, rules and regulations visit the park website.

Pets and Pooches

You may walk your leashed dog on the Kure Beach strand from October 1 to March 31. However, it is unlawful for any person to have or allow their dog to be on the beach strand of Kure Beach during the period of April 1 through September 30. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area allows dogs on their beach year-round. The Gurney Hood Barking Lot, made especially for you and your pooch pal to run free, is a fenced-in area located at Joe Eakes Park on K Avenue. Call 910-458-5798 for directions and additional information.


Lifeguards are on duty every day from Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. Kure Beach is a USLA Certified Lifeguard beach.

Local Taxes

Sales and use tax on purchases, including food, clothing, and other retail are taxed at the rate of 7%, grocery store food designed to take home is 2%, and prepared food at restaurants is 7%. In addition to the 7% sales tax, there is a local county room occupancy tax at a rate of 6%.