Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Our grandchildren (5, 7, 10) had a great adventure roaming the huge sand dunes at Jockeys Ridge. They ran up and down the dunes, covering twice the distance we could while insight of us. We were looki...  read more »
  • Walked up the dunes to see the view. Beautiful park, well kept, very nice visitors center, make sure to make your donation to own your very square foot of the sand dune! Bring your lunch and relax at ...  read more »
  • This park is more amazing than we expected! HUGE sand dunes, like small mountains. So fun to walk out there, explore, climb to the top of the highest ones, the view is really neat. Surprisingly easy t...  read more »
  • My 4.5 year old son wanted to experience what a desert felt like and boom!!! we're headed to the dunes in the OBX. Get there early to avoid heat and the hot sand. Bring plenty of water for the little and big ones and for goodness sake keep your shirts on. The longer the sleeves the better. You'll easily burn due to the sun and it's reflection off the sand. This place is free to enter and fun for the kids.
  • 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.
  • Fun for the kids, good exercise for me. Bring water as it is very hot. And shoes. Save your pets paws from burning. Sand temp 30° hotter than air.
  • Great visitors center with important warnings about taking water, but the sand was incredibly hot. We couldn't stay for long due to the heat and burning sand. I would recommend going early in the morning.
  • 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!
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