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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
+1 252-441-7132
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank debrabR3931ED
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband saw this while planning our trip. Very glad we stopped, interesting visitor's center, and you can hang glide from here!

Thank HelenMaddix
Reviewed 11 November 2017

This is a fee-free state park located in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It lies about 5 miles south of the Wright Brothers National Memorial and fronts on the inland sound, not the ocean side of the Outer Banks. The main...More

1  Thank Jessica O
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

A fun place to see some good scenery and get some exercise. It was nice to see lots if others there too.

Thank Scot S
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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