Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head

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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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  • I enjoyed it very much - the kids were not big fans of the long walk. Would recommend shoes for kids as sand can get hot.  more »
  • Jockey's Ridge is a unique and beautiful site to see. It can be challenging to walk up to the top, because it's sand, obviously. But it's well worth the effort when you see the view. I would highly re...  more »
  • My Mother wanted us to stop by here and look around, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect until we started walking around what I'm now calling the Nags Sahara. The Dunes here were awesome, you could w...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Awesome place for a few hours hike. You can have a wonderful view of the dunes. Its a relaxing way to start or end the day.
  • We had so much fun sliding the sand dunes. The view can't be beat and the park rangers are so helpful. They even took the time to drive my cousin to the top to spend time with us since she couldn't walk up there. Amazing place.
  • This was our first time at the Dunes, although we visit OBX every couple years. Perfect space to fly a kite. Breathtaking to be up so high and looking out at everything. My young girls had so much fun just running & rolling around on in the sand.