Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head

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#1 of 276 in Parks in North Carolina
See the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and look below the dune for a hiking trail through a maritime forest. Try picnicking, bird watching, kite-flying and even hang gliding at North Carolina's most-visited park. At an estuary just below the dune, head for a swim or go kayaking. The visitor center has an exhibit hall where you can learn about the park and its history. Remember to be cautious of hot sand. Put Jockey's Ridge State Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Nags Head vacation generator.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We have been going to this state park for years and never miss it. Everything here is special and unique, from climbing the dunes to sunset views to the ever-changing topography and scenery. A very un...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Take off your shoes and enjoy the walk up to Jockey's WE carried our shoes as we walked through a little wateron the way to the top. It was a pleasant walk. Bring a kite if you like. Some families wer...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Jockey's Ridge state park is a staple for us to visit every time we come to the Outer Banks. From the first visit when the kids were toddlers, to our last visit with a bunch of teenagers, they have a ...  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    I love climbing the sand dunes. You get a great view of the ocean and sound. It's also a great place to fly kites. In addition they have a decent nature trail and recreational areas for swimming. They also have a hang gliding school where you can learn to hang glide or you can just go and watch people hang glide. The visitor center is very nice and has interesting displays. They also have an area where you can wash all the sand off your legs and feet before leaving.
  • May 30, 2017
    Really cool sand dunes (highest in North Carolina), great place to fly kites and gliders. Free admission and visitor center. Knee high spigots for rinsing off​ lower legs. Hang gliding school on premises. Old hang glider fixed in place for photo opportunity next to parking lot. Great family fun!
  • May 23, 2017
    Wow! The dunes are huge. We went on a cold December afternoon and were just about the only people there. It was great not dealing with the crowds. Great time for clear pictures. If it were warmer we would have done the hang gliding off the dunes. It looked pretty cool.
  • June 29, 2017
    Pretty cool place. Feels a bit like being in North Africa. My kids enjoyed riding their boogie boards down the sand dunes like a sled. Not much to it, but definitely a place to check out. Also neat to watch the hangliders.
  • June 30, 2017
    Unique park. Ascending the largest San dunes in the east. From top you can see the ocean and sound. Great for flying kites. Sand is hot in summer, advise flip flops.

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