Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head

4.8
#1 of 411 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Jockey's Ridge State Park and many more Nags Head attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Nags Head day trip planning tool .
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  • Very cool place to visit on your trip to OBX. Don’t stop at the overlook ... take the nature trail in ( not far at all, and very easy) to get the full view of the dunes. Feels like you are in the dese...  more »
  • It is essential to get some chill time after a crazy winter. The kids loved just being able to run around being a kid. My husband and I both have high pressure jobs so it was nice to just walk around ...  more »
  • This free park is basically just a big sand dune, but that's the fun of it. You can take hang-gliding lessons, fly a kite, sandboard (in the winter), or the kids can just run and play. Plenty of wind ...  more »
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  • If you are looking for something to do in the Outer Banks that does not cost anything, you should visit Jockey Ridge State Park. We spent a couple of hours here. The sand dunes are a great sight, they are huge. Great way to burn calories too, because it takes some energy getting to the top of them. The dunes are about a 10 minute walk from the parking lot on a partially shaded trail. However, I highly recommend appropriate footwear on warmer days as the sand can get really hot. We took kites along to fly once we reached the top of the dunes
  • A must see if you have never visited the OBX. GREAT views on interesting sand formation. Nice walking paths, also handicapped accessible. Hang gliding is offered. Many picnic pavilions with grills perfect for picnics. Pet friendly location also! We recently went on a drizzly day and it was a nice dry picnic location😀
  • It’d be a shame to visit the Outer Banks and not spend at least half a day exploring this (free) park. Though quite cold when we visited in March, we had a blast running around and sliding on the dunes. Excellent place for kids with a really nice education center in the visitors center. Beautiful 360° views of Nags Head, the ocean, sound, and Roanoke Island.
  • If you like nature parks--and there are many along the Outer Banks--this is a great one to hit. It's the tallest natural dune on the east coast (which I learned by reading a plaque). The site is very easily accessible, and there's a huge space to explore--just be prepared for some leg work, as you will in fact be walking on sand. There are also hang gliding rides that you can take here, if you plan in advance!
  • A beautiful place to visit. A perfect combination of sand dunes and beach. It was a good exercise walking over the sand. A truly comforting experience. One will love this place if they are fascinated by tranquility.
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