Jockey's Ridge State Park

Jockey's Ridge State Park, Nags Head: Hours, Address, Jockey's Ridge State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Jockey's Ridge State Park
4.5
State Parks • Parks • Geologic Formations
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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DylanCFP
Media, PA60 contributions
Beautiful views. Hang glide while your there.
Jul. 2021
We were here with Kitty Hawk Kites hang gliding school. Great way to see the dunes while engaging in an activity. They remind me of the dunes between Phoenix and San Diego.
Written 25 July 2021
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krocking123
New York City, NY883 contributions
Sunset from the top is awesome
Jul. 2021 • Family
Plan on walking at least 15-25 min in the sand. We went for the sunset. Get there early to get a parking spot and just in case it’s goes behind clouds and not the water. Bring a kite leave the sleds it’s not steep enough to sled down. Wind was howling careful of the people that don’t know how to fly a kite. They will crash the kite on to you or you can get rope burn. Plenty of people watching.
Written 13 July 2021
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THINGS2LIVE4
Rocky River, OH1,023 contributions
Shallow Low Waves Perfect for kids Beach and Nature Trail
Jul. 2021 • Family
This is the perfect beach for kids. It is very shallow and the waves are small. This whole inlet in very shallow. You can walk out very far. They also have GREAT sand dune hikes.
Written 11 July 2021
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Lara in DC
9 contributions
Best access to the calm Sound waters.
Jun. 2021
If you want to enjoy calm, warm waters with kids or dog, try the Jockey's Ridge Sound access. The dunes and trails are also fun.
Written 4 July 2021
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Melody L
New Philadelphia, OH9 contributions
Wow!
Jun. 2021
Beautiful sunsets...wonderful kites...amazing views...good smiles...friendly guides and attention to Covid protocols.
Written 3 July 2021
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tailsock
Raleigh, NC577 contributions
Unparalleled experience but it gets HOT.
Jun. 2021
This was my 2nd visit to Jockey's Ridge with the most recent being within a group of families with small kids. We were here to fly kites on what was probably the hottest day of the year.

From the parking lot it's about a 10-13 minute walk to the tallest dunes. You'll see hang gliders in the distance along with people flying kites. The sand was pretty darn hot and by the time we got to where the others were flying kites, we were already drenched in sweat. We flew kites for about 30 minutes before the kids began to complain about the heat. (Mid June) I experienced better winds in 2012 the first time I visited. It looks like the restrooms are open again so keep in mind if you have little ones.

If it's gonna be hot be sure and get a spot under one of the huge trees in the parking lot. There's a picnic table underneath one we were lucky to grab for refreshments afterward and just get out of the merciless fury of the sun's rays. Some of the dunes are quite steep so I don't recommend this for the elderly or those with mobility issues.
Written 30 June 2021
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Superhero Family
Chesapeake, VA447 contributions
Beautiful Sand Dunes
Nov. 2020
Came here with my family and it was fun playing on the sand dunes and flying kites! Highly recommend this for families!
Written 28 June 2021
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Companion622317
Schwenksville, PA1 contribution
Majestically beautiful
Jun. 2021 • Solo
This was our first time to the Outer Banks & we almost missed this but thankfully we didn’t. We tried to make it there for sunset on our last night & arrived at 8:15pm. It was a cloudy night & we almost didn’t even bother to get out of our car thinking we had missed it, but so glad we did. We ran up the dunes & saw the most beautiful sky just as the sun was setting. It was a short visit but so worth the effort. Pictures don’t do it justice. It’s majestic. Can’t wait to come back for more sunsets. This was top of the list of favorites things about OBX. Our 10 year old son loved it too.
Written 26 June 2021
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Barbara Dee
73 contributions
Sand Dunes Worth a Visit
Apr. 2021 • Couples
This was an interesting visit! A sand dune in the outer banks! I would say one needs to be in pretty good shape to manage climbing the dunes. There are markers to follow a guided path, but most people just walked all over the dunes. They are pretty high and we got a great workout and a pound of sand in our shoes. When you reach the highest dune you can see all around. People were flying kites, great wind! There were some hang gliders, but no one was flying. There is a boardwalk exit from the dunes, that gives you an overlook, plus interesting facts about the dunes, plants, and animals of the area. I would recommend visiting!
Written 24 June 2021
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H D
Warren, OH37 contributions
Unique experience
Jun. 2021 • Family
This is a very unique and awesome experience. You walk along the path and find yourself in the middle of sand dunes. The kids love to climb and run down over and over again. A lot of people also take boogie boards and ride down the sandy hills. Flying kites is also very popular. It is very windy at the top and the views are amazing of both the ocean and the sound. This is always a must do when we go to the outer banks.
Written 18 June 2021
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