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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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“jockey's ridge” (226 reviews)
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300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
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"sand dunes"
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"jockey's ridge"
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"flying kites"
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"hang gliders"
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"boogie boards"
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"watch the sunset"
in 56 reviews
"great place to fly a kite"
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"huge dunes"
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"the outer banks"
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"kitty hawk kites"
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"bring water"
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"beautiful sunset"
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"great exercise"
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"your feet"
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"the east coast"
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"visitor's center"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A nice spot to kill some time with family (kids of all ages), and hike around some really cool dunes! Check it out-you won’t regret it.

Thank Jonathan P
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Jockey's Ridge is home to two of the largest natural sand dunes on the East Coast. It is an amazing sight! You climb up the dunes for a wonderful view of the bay and the ocean. They have hang gliding there, but it was too...More

Thank Phred72
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A great place to take a walk with the family. Free of charge. For the adventurous, there is a hang gliding school as well.

1  Thank John H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time exploring the dunes. The pictures don’t do it justice! This was an amazing place to visit. The sizes of the dunes are incredible to see up close. It is free and definitely worth a stop! I can imagine it gets...More

Thank MAURA M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walk around the dunes can be as much or as short as you want. Our 2 and 3yo children had a great time making sand angels!

Thank Lauren S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this park, and flew kites here twice! First we started by crossing over from the kite shop. We enjoyed taking the trail from the visitor's center the next day -- it wasn't as windy and was really beautiful walking on the sand in...More

Thank kurokitty
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You expect to see some dunes in the Outer Banks but this was on a different scale and the pictures don't do it justice. We were there on a pretty cool, windy afternoon and the sand was blowing hard and biting into my bare legs...More

Thank Will H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on a cold, windy early evening and while the park was yet open for a short while, we were not dressed warm enough for the hike on the dunes. We did see someone try hang gliding and said to ourselves, "Next time!".

1  Thank Sue N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We kind of stumbled onto this park and I’m glad we did. We took the Tracks in the Sand Trail that went to the Roanoke sound and back. We then climbed the dunes. It wasn’t a hot day so the sand wasn’t hot, but can...More

Thank Tara B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in the Nags Head area for the beaches, it is really worth the drive to see the dunes at Jockey's Ridge. On most days you will find people hiking, flying kites and even hanging gliding. The dunes offer great views of the...More

2  Thank Kim L
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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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