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Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-7132
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Two of the highest sand dunes on the East Coast are located here, providing excellent take-off points for hang gliders.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-7132
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My family enjoyed it here. We went on a cloudy day when the sun wasn't blazing. It is a nice walk thru the dunes. We wore our bathing suits and swam in the sound . It was great and the water was very warm. I...More

Thank sheridan1363
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jockey's Ridge is an interesting place to visit in that there are not many opportunities to climb tall dunes and walk around a vast area covered in sand for as far as you can see and also see water on both sides when on the...More

Thank Cindy M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hiked the dunes and saw the great views from the top. We then hiked through the groves to the beach and cooled our feet in the Sound. The park is spectacular , unusual and a must see for visitors. You can save a trip...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This park was a highlight of our stay in the Outer Banks. It was fun to climb the dunes and take a few photos. It's one of the few places you can see the water on the island and is a unique find on the...More

2  Thank jandblair
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting and some great shots of hang gliders and kites BUT the walk up the hot sand dunes (some are large) is very hot!!!!

Thank Sharon O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped on our way out of the area and so glad we did. Wish we had time to hang out and explore more, but we happened upon a kite festival and saw the most ginormous kites ever! Glad we had on sneakers because that's a...More

Thank Jefferjo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to fly kites and watch sunset with my family. I'll remember this forever! Peanut butter Sandwich.

Thank Matt R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cool park! Nothing like state parks where we are from. Kite flying fest on our first visit and the second time we visited we brought our boogie boards to attempt to sled down the dunes. Didn't work very well and no where near as...More

Thank Jennifer Q
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband loves flying kites here. I love watching the sunset. The kids loves wrestling and rolling in the sand!

Thank motownwvgirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice trip to see the dunes. Weather permits you can walk up through the park to the top of the dunes. Great place to take pics. Visitor center offers a lot of information and also through the park are markers explaining plants, foliage etc.

Thank tuscy
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Hi! We are planning to visit this park next week. We have a 2 yr old with us. I'm interested in watching the sunset from the top. How long is the hike to get to the place to watch sunset? Also, are there stroller accessible paths in the park? Thanks!
26 May 2017|
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Response from Bruce5379 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any pathways suitable for strollers. If you can put your toddler in a backpack. Will take maybe 10-15 minutes
Jessica A
Is this where I can drive my car up to and camp? If not could someone tell me and name a few places.Thanks!
22 May 2017|
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Response from METT4 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so though there are however camp sites in the national seashore, beautiful, quiet spots.
Is there a place close by you can camp?
7 March 2017|
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Response from cynthiap119 | Reviewed this property |
Jockey's Ridge is only open from Sunrise to Sunset. There are campgrounds in Nags Head.