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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.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“jockey's ridge” (207 reviews)
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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 yesterday

Anytime you spend time outside it is good for the soul. Why not recharge yourself by exploring the highest dunes on the east coast. Fun to walk through the live oak groves before making the adventurous trek up the dunes (which can be hot with...More

Thank HungryCurmudgeon
Reviewed yesterday

You must go on the sand dunes we do this every year. The best time that we go is in the evening you can catch a beautiful sunset also the sand might not be as hot. And if it is a windy day take you...More

Thank dawnbilskim
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was skeptical about some dunes being this highly rated, but it's deserved. It's free to walk into, and walking to the dunes feels like a completely different landscape than the surrounding area. There were people flying kites and such, but the best part was...More

Thank TheTravelAddiction
Reviewed 3 days ago

Took a few hours to visit. Was fun to climb the dunes and take a look around. Kids had fun jumping off and watching the hang gliding. Park office was clean and had lots of information about the park.

1  Thank Vtwinbmx
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place is a must see if you travel to the Outer Banks. Huge sand dunes to climb and the view once you are at the top is gorgeous! Kids had a great time!

1  Thank rdmoody27
Reviewed 4 days ago

The dunes at Jockey Ridge State Park are a lot of fun. There is a lot of walking kite flying, hand gliding school. Kids throwing themselves down the dunes. It is wonderful at sunset.

2  Thank Kenneth P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The winds coming up here are awesome. We had some great times walking around & flying kites with the kids. We went right after a quick rain shower, really cooled off the sand and the heat was gone. Great nature center with information about the...More

Thank LRPFCash
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth the stop. The dunes have beautiful views that go on for miles and miles. It doesn't take long to visit (unless you want it to). There are dunes to hike and awesome photos to take. And, for the adventurous, hang gliding lessons offered.

1  Thank Traveller20011983
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Was great to just let the kids run and wear themselves out. Bring something for them to sit on because we could only find somewhere to wash off the feet. Drying machines are $1.75 for. Titles and $0.75 for a can. Great view at the...More

Thank Travelin M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cool spot to watch the sunset and unwind with an adult beverage. The dunes are a nice hike in deep sand with lots of climbing. Don't bother bringing grandmom with a heart condition. Unless you have a defibrillator. Kids love it.

Thank James M
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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!
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
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.