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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“sand dunes” (327 reviews)
“jockey's ridge” (227 reviews)
“flying kites” (100 reviews)
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300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
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+1 252-441-7132
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"sand dunes"
in 327 reviews
"jockey's ridge"
in 227 reviews
"flying kites"
in 100 reviews
"hang gliders"
in 87 reviews
"boogie boards"
in 27 reviews
"watch the sunset"
in 56 reviews
"great place to fly a kite"
in 21 reviews
"huge dunes"
in 20 reviews
"the outer banks"
in 151 reviews
"kitty hawk kites"
in 94 reviews
"bring water"
in 48 reviews
"beautiful sunset"
in 29 reviews
"great exercise"
in 21 reviews
"your feet"
in 37 reviews
"the east coast"
in 51 reviews
"visitor's center"
in 27 reviews
"across the street"
in 45 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Jockey Ridge state Park has the highest dunes anywhere on the Atlantic coast, great for climbing, kite flying , hang gliding, hiking, good view of the ocean from one side.

Thank Julian P
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Jockeys Ridge is a must stop on OBX. Although the dune is not as dominant as it was years ago, it is still fun to run down the sides, take pictures, and watch beautiful sunsets.

Thank Fdwarren
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you have never been here, you have to go....it’s amazing! Go early to beat the heat if it’s summer time, the sun is intensified on the dunes. You can go thru the main entrance or park at Kitty Hawk Kites and cross the street...More

Thank AdventureMythsJon
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We always go here when at the obx Best to go in the morning if May - Sept. Is HOT on the dunes. Great for photography. You will mostly be hiking up and down sand dunes, probably barefoot.

Thank Mike D
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Its a bit odd to suggest going to a sandy place on a windy day, but... the wind is why this is a special place. It brings out the hang gliders, it brings out the kite flyers, and whatsmore IT KEEPS YOU COOL. This is...More

Thank kedalion1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a gorgeous state park! The dunes are absolutely stunning. It's a great place to let your kids run and play...especially if they need to let out a lot of energy. Make sure you pack water bottles because there isn't a place to...More

1  Thank GemmaH76
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went early evening, when the the sun was getting low and the shadows lengthening. Sunset is a beautiful time of day to visit. Wonderful photo opportunities. It feels a bit like I image walking in a desert might feel...except when you get to the top...More

Thank megalley
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We managed to visit on a morning that was sunny but cool and there had been a good bit of rain the night before. The sand was cool to our bare feet, and our kids (ages 3, 6, and 9) had the BEST time running...More

2  Thank CoachS04
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our two young children and flew kites. It was a windy day perfect for this activity. There are walking trails around the park, which we did not have time for. The sand dunes are very unique and the kids loved climbing to...More

Thank luvgreece
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the hike through the sand dunes. It was a short hike but the sand dunes make it a bit challenging, especially since I'm not used to hiking in sand. Nice park and the visiting center is very helpful.

Thank cheshirefriend
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trilliumus
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
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barbienelson
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
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janvihaldankar
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
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