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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
300 W Carolista Dr, Milepost 12 on US 158 bypass, Nags Head, NC 27959
+1 252-441-7132
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This free park is basically just a big sand dune, but that's the fun of it. You can take hang-gliding lessons, fly a kite, sandboard (in the winter), or the kids can just run and play. Plenty of wind and no obstacles make it great...More

Thank wirttravelers
Reviewed 1 week ago

After picking up a to go order from Awful Arthurs, watching fireworks from here was such a pleasure. From our point of view we were able to see all the towns light up the night. Don't forget your beach blanket and/orchairs....

Thank Shabbysign03
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really interesting place to visit. If you like dunes, you will be in heaven. You are able to take in pretty views and feel like you are walking on unspoiled outer banks as if it were in the days of the Wright...More

Thank MBFNCNative
Reviewed 10 December 2017

The Dunes are great for the family, climbing, sliding opportunities, hang gliding, kites, and hiking towards the sound side. If you want to see the dunes and hand gliders, access the park from the kitty hawk kites across the street. If you want to see...More

Thank Zephyr_Travel
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Worth a quick stop - nice boardwalk access with a gentle climb to see these natural dunes set amid the native flora....

Thank TN-Transplant73
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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We went here to hike and watch the gorgeous sunset. Climbing the dunes was easier than I thought it would be. Folks were flying kites. It was awesome!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

The dunes are impressive. Not as high as we could have imagined (small in comparison to dune du Pilat in France) but very wide. You have a great view to the other side of the bay

Thank Yves-Louis P
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Our family visited here on thanksgiving weekend and loved the large sand dunes! We hiked to the ridge and spent several hours flying kites. If you have the time and you want to see both the sound and ocean from one spot, this is the...More

Thank jbrudy
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

My son had never visited and he loved it. We flew a kite and he had fun running up and down the dunes.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Been coming here on every trip to the OBX for 25 years. Absolutely a must do for anyone visiting this area. Great exercise place and the kids won’t even realize it. Go in early morning in the summer. It gets hot! No shade.

Thank Thomas W
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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
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