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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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300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-7132
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are looking for something to do in the Outer Banks that does not cost anything, you should visit Jockey Ridge State Park. We spent a couple of hours here. The sand dunes are a great sight, they are huge. Great way to burn...More

Thank Kristi V
Reviewed 6 days ago

Informative visitor's center displays and friendly staff. Good experience for families, bring kites or sand toys along!

Thank Kelly L
Reviewed 1 week ago

No visit to Nags Head would be complete without a climb to the top of Jockey’s Ridge, an 80-to-100-foot sand dune. Nature has provided a gigantic “sandbox” for children and adults alike to enjoy. Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest sand dune system in the eastern...More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cool place to visit on your trip to OBX. Don’t stop at the overlook ... take the nature trail in ( not far at all, and very easy) to get the full view of the dunes. Feels like you are in the desert! Wish...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is essential to get some chill time after a crazy winter. The kids loved just being able to run around being a kid. My husband and I both have high pressure jobs so it was nice to just walk around and enjoy each other...More

Thank Martha B
Reviewed 9 January 2018

This free park is basically just a big sand dune, but that's the fun of it. You can take hang-gliding lessons, fly a kite, sandboard (in the winter), or the kids can just run and play. Plenty of wind and no obstacles make it great...More

Thank wirttravelers
Reviewed 3 January 2018

After picking up a to go order from Awful Arthurs, watching fireworks from here was such a pleasure. From our point of view we were able to see all the towns light up the night. Don't forget your beach blanket and/orchairs....

Thank Shabbysign03
Reviewed 3 January 2018

This is a really interesting place to visit. If you like dunes, you will be in heaven. You are able to take in pretty views and feel like you are walking on unspoiled outer banks as if it were in the days of the Wright...More

Thank MBFNCNative
Reviewed 10 December 2017

The Dunes are great for the family, climbing, sliding opportunities, hang gliding, kites, and hiking towards the sound side. If you want to see the dunes and hand gliders, access the park from the kitty hawk kites across the street. If you want to see...More

1  Thank Zephyr_Travel
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Worth a quick stop - nice boardwalk access with a gentle climb to see these natural dunes set amid the native flora....

Thank TN-Transplant73
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18 September 2017|
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Response from HBerke | Reviewed this property |
We got there right at 8:00 a.m. with the kids' boogie boards. They did not work at all and we dragged them in the heat. The kids were scorching down the dunes and got no traction whatsoever. Not sure if the sand wasn't dry... More
16 July 2017|
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Response from dawnbilskim | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't see this message but on 158 there is a sign for the state park and there is a big parking lot there. sorry for the late response
27 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