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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
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"sand dunes"
in 329 reviews
"jockey's ridge"
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"flying kites"
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"hang gliders"
in 88 reviews
"boogie boards"
in 27 reviews
"watch the sunset"
in 56 reviews
"great place to fly a kite"
in 21 reviews
"huge dunes"
in 20 reviews
"the outer banks"
in 151 reviews
"kitty hawk kites"
in 96 reviews
"bring water"
in 48 reviews
"beautiful sunset"
in 29 reviews
"great exercise"
in 21 reviews
"your feet"
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"the east coast"
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"visitor's center"
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"across the street"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Free. Tires out the kids. Gorgeous views for family photos. There is no place like it on the East Coast. Story is they have filmed desert movies here. Hang gliders! Excellent sunsets.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

A free activity and worth the stop. We came to this park in the morning to avoid super hot sand. They have a nice little visitor center where you can learn about the sand dunes. Its a short walk, maybe 10-15 minutes out to the...More

Thank Amy K
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I chose a sunny but chilly day in March to traverse the park. What a beautiful place this is! My husband said, "It is like being on another planet." The dunes seem endless and there are trails with foliage and along the...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I wasn't sure what to expect -- I'm not someone who likes getting sand in places it doesn't belong, and it was a tad bit windy the day we went. After a hike -- which some might consider long, so don't do it if you...More

Thank Mike A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When you drive into the park you would never imagine the dunes are back there. When you walk through the trees its amazing, the dunes are huge. This is a must see.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very interesting place. So glad we stopped by to see it. Will definitely recommend to my friends to check it out if in the area.

Thank T2440PSroberth
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time here wow how the dunes have changed. Before one bud one now everything has shifted. Rangers are great beautiful view great couple of hours.

Thank kgbruiser
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by at sunset - on our way to our rental house in Avon. So many who I know who go to the OBX have never been here. Not sure why?! I'd say this is a must stop. The sand dunes are super cool,...More

Thank Beach Bum Woman
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always have to stop and watch the kits, hang gliders and sand surfers. This is a very cool park. The park is well maintained and patroled by park Rangers. The park is always clean. However on hot days bring water the sand hills and...More

Thank D'Wayne H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I only climbed a smaller dune but what a fantastic view!! Saw familes flying kites and having lots of fun. Many different trails to explore. They have a flying school on site for those who wish to take to the air on a big kite!!...More

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trilliumus
18 September 2017|
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Response from HBerke | Reviewed this property |
We got there right at 8:00 a.m. with the kids' boogie boards. They did not work at all and we dragged them in the heat. The kids were scorching down the dunes and got no traction whatsoever. Not sure if the sand wasn't dry... More
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barbienelson
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
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janvihaldankar
27 May 2017|
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Response from RoadTakenEM | Reviewed this property |
Just did this tonight...with my 2 year old nephew. He was carried part of the way but enjoyed walking on the dunes. He walked down the steep ones holding someone’s hands with not even a stumble. This is a kid who has spent a... More
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