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North Carolina Jockey Ridge State Park

Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W Carolista Dr Nags Head, Corolla, North Carolina, 27959
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Hike Sand Dunes & See the Sights at Jockey's Ridge State Park

Come see the tallest sand dunes on the Atlantic coast at Jockey's Ridge State Park, part of the North Carolina State Parks system. The sand gets scorching hot in summer, so even though it's tempting to go without, make sure to wear shoes or sandals when hiking on the dunes. The Soundside Nature Trail is one mile long and goes through grassy dunes and wetlands. Vist the 14 stations in the "Tracks in the Sand" hike through the dunes. Other cool activities include picnicking and flying kites - the wind really can pick up here. That means windsurfing is a popular sport, and so is the daredevil activity of hang gliding! There are also designated spots for sand-boarding in the Park.


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There are 8 picnic tables with grills and shelters usually available on a first come, first served basis. If you want to reserve a picnic shelter, the fee is $30.


  • November - February, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • March, April, September, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • October, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • May - August, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.


  • Sunset on the Ridge
  • Animal Track Search
  • All About the Ridge


  • Hiking
  • Picnics and kite-flying
  • Hang gliding
  • Sand-boarding
  • Kayaking, swimming and windsurfing


  • What is Jockey's Ridge State Park?

    If you want to see the tallest sand dunes on the Atlantic coast, visit Jockey's Ridge. Some areas of the Park resemble barren deserts, and high winds can cause sandstorms. Check the weather before you go, and be sure to bring plenty of water. It's also part of a wetlands and estuary, fed by the Roanoke Sound.
  • Where can I find more information on the Park?

    You can go to the North Carolina State Parks website, and you can also visit the Friends of Jockey's Ridge State Park website. Both links are below. To speak to someone from the Park over the phone, call 252-441-7132 or email jockeys.ridge@ncparks.gov. To get in touch with the Friends of Jockey's Ridge, call 252-441-9801.

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