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Jockey's Ridge State Park

300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-7132
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Two of the highest sand dunes on the East Coast are located here, providing excellent take-off points for hang gliders.
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300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-7132
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I've been coming to the area long enough that I still remember before it was a park and they were selling square foot pieces of the dunes to raise money to save them. The visitor center has lots of interesting displays and the signs around...More

Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wanna experience the view of desert? This is a must-go! My husband and I went to the park around 9.30 a.m. (Recommendation: go there early during summer, the sand's temperature is rising so fast). I was amazed by all the views I saw, even those...More

Thank Snailandkitty
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful views! A lot of walking and hilly over the dunes to see the best views, but definitely worth it.

Thank Dawn S
Reviewed 4 days ago

The dunes are an outstanding place to spend the day. Great sand, beautiful views, interesting nature facts. It is a must see for any visit to the outer banks!

Thank Cynthia5960
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I recently visited this state park as part of a trip to the Outer Banks. It definitely took quite a bit of energy out of me as one has to walk substantially far (through some water) to get to the sand dunes. The experience was...More

Thank ECafrica
Reviewed 5 days ago

We have been going to this state park for years and never miss it. Everything here is special and unique, from climbing the dunes to sunset views to the ever-changing topography and scenery. A very unique environment.

Thank Cambria5
Reviewed 6 days ago

Take off your shoes and enjoy the walk up to Jockey's WE carried our shoes as we walked through a little wateron the way to the top. It was a pleasant walk. Bring a kite if you like. Some families were swimming and picnicing at...More

Thank Davistravels
Reviewed 6 days ago

Jockey's Ridge state park is a staple for us to visit every time we come to the Outer Banks. From the first visit when the kids were toddlers, to our last visit with a bunch of teenagers, they have a fun time playing on the...More

Thank ctbrett
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is always a go to for us when we visit the outer banks. It is awe inspiring and the sunsets are fabulous! Great place to visit after dinner to walk off your meal and get your kids energy out! All this for free!!

Thank Traci O
Reviewed 1 week ago

At Jockey's Ridge, you can hike across the sand dunes and get beautiful views. I would recommend going early in the day or in the evening, when the sun is not so hot. You can also go hang-gliding. They give lessons on that. There is...More

Thank Valerie C
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16 July 2017|
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Response from dawnbilskim | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't see this message but on 158 there is a sign for the state park and there is a big parking lot there. sorry for the late response
27 May 2017|
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Response from Bruce5379 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any pathways suitable for strollers. If you can put your toddler in a backpack. Will take maybe 10-15 minutes
Jessica A
22 May 2017|
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Response from METT4 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so though there are however camp sites in the national seashore, beautiful, quiet spots.