Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head

#1 of 113 in Parks in North Carolina Coast
Must see · Geologic Formation · State Park
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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  • If you want to enjoy calm, warm waters with kids or dog, try the Jockey's Ridge Sound access. The dunes and trails are also fun.  more »
  • Beautiful sunsets...wonderful kites...amazing views...good smiles...friendly guides and attention to Covid protocols.  more »
  • This was my 2nd visit to Jockey's Ridge with the most recent being within a group of families with small kids. We were here to fly kites on what was probably the hottest day of the year. From the...  more »
  • This is an awesome natural treasure. Very clearly marked path back to the visitors center, it’s easy to get turned around when you’re surrounded on all sides by mountains of sand! Bring a kite, make sure it’s sturdy or it won’t last long. We also made our way to the sound and it was a short but beautiful walk to the water. Come ready to walk, bring water and sunscreen, and enjoy!
  • Awesome place to visit! Especially good for kids to be able to run out some energy! Kids can bring wave boards to slide down the dunes. Great spot for pictures. ( Several families were there for family photo shoots.) And best of all, free!!
  • Only here for a brief time, but it was pretty neat to see the sandcastle. Sand was super soft and not very hot. We also went around the evening time where it wasn’t as hot. Amazing place to see the sunset, or just hang out with the family/friends. Saw a few people ‘sand surfing’ which looked like fun. Right across the street is also a mini shopping center, some fudge/ice cream, clothes.. etc. Definitely something to see! Addition: We didn’t enter through the visitors center, we parked across the street at the shopping center and walked across the cross walk. Didn’t have to pay this way either.
  • Take water! There is little to no shade once you depart the visitor’s center for the dunes and it can get very hot very quickly. I’d also recommend that you don’t abandon your flip flops; we were thankfully to be carrying ours when our feet started burning. I wish the signage was a little better in the park because there seemed to be multiple different paths, and at first we couldn’t tell which dune was “the” dune.
  • Cool place to check out or take the kids. Has hang gliding and great winds for kite flying. Summer midday sun will make the feet hot! Great way to see what a desert would be like! 😃

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