Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head

(4.7/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Like many beaches in OBX, this is another spot where your kids can explore, you can go shelling, and it's peaceful. 
  • We stop here every single time we visit OBX. It's an absolutely amazing natural phenomenon. One minute you feel like your trekking through the desert and the next your staring at the ocean. If you're ...  more »
  • This is a great evening visit as sun is going down. During other times it will be too hot during summer months. After many visits over the years, it's been interesting to see the changes in the dunes....  more »
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  • We have to visit here every time we're at the Outer Banks because there's just nothing else like it. The best part about Jockey's Ridge are that it's free, and there's always enough wind to fly a kite. They also have hang gliding classes off the dunes that look like a lot of fun. Be forewarned that after you get to the end of the boardwalk, you will be walking through deep, hot sand, so come prepared. To get to the top of the dune you can follow several trails that are somewhat compacted, but at some point you're going to have to climb the 80 feet up to the top, and it's not easy. Bring a hat, a kite, and some water, and consider your footwear very carefully!
  • Our family loves visiting here! You can walk on sand to the dunes or on a board walk. Lots of exercise required! If you have little ones, I would avoid it on really windy days, since the sand goes straight into their eyes. Definitely check it out
  • This is one of the best places you'll find for flying kites or hang-gliding and very popular area. Use lots of sunscreen, wear sandals or flip flops and a hat (in addition to light airy clothing of course). Get ready to have fun!
  • I really loved walking along the sand dunes and seeing all the shrubs that grow in the sand. Its free and lots of fun to explore each dune and what the State Park holds. You can see footprints of multiple wildlife creatures from ants to even deer! The sunsets are breathtaking as well, slowly diving downwards into the sea.
  • Absolutely beautiful. Extremely peaceful to sit at the top a a ride and turn your head one direction and see the sound and then other direction and see the ocean. It's a great place for flying a kite. Be sure to wear shoes (we like to wear our water shoes) and a backpack with some some snacks and drinks.